Nearly all the poultry farmers are seeking full income from their chickens. The benefit a farmer would get on a chicken lies primarily in the weight of its body. The higher a bird’s body weights, the higher the price that it commands. So if you want to learn how to use natural growth promoters to increase the bodyweight of your birds, you ‘re at the right post. This works with various types of poultry birds including broiler, pullet, cockerel, duck, quail, and goose.
Growth Promoter Types
While all of the above tips work well, most people who posted and emailed me on that post asked for broiler growth promoters. Growth promoters come in different ranges. We do have:
1. Promoters of natural growth (Organic, herbal, and natural growth promoters)
2. Promoters of artificial growth (Inorganic growth promoters, such as antibiotic growth promoters)
I’m going to discuss more on these two especially the differences in another post between them. Scientific researchers and experts have, however, demonstrated that organic growth promoters are safe for human health while inorganic growth promoters such as antibiotic growth promoters are unsafe for our health.
Some of the natural growth promoters common to chickens are as follows:
1. Ginger (officinale Zingiber)
Ginger is a great natural growth promoter, which can be used as an alternative for growth promoters of artificial poultry. The use of ginger in the broiler diet has a strong stimulating effect on the birds’ immune and digestive systems. Therefore, ginger can be used as an immune system booster and a booster of appetite. Studies show that broiler chickens have a significantly higher body weight gain and lower FCR at an inclusion level of 1 percent.
2. Thyme (L vulgaris thyme),
Thyme is not for culinary ends alone. This can also improve chickens’ development just as ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and garlic do. The effectiveness of thyme use led researchers to prove that it is a promoter of growth. Dried thyme powder with an inclusion rate of 1 g/100 kg results in increased body weight gain and lower conversion ratio of feed.
3. Cloves as a promoter of natural growth (Syzygium aromaticum)
Cloves represent an ancient spice. They are one of the amazing natural supplements you can use to accomplish fast growth in broiler agriculture. Cloves are effective as a growth promoter if you add 100-200 mg (0.1-0.2 g) per kg of feed to broiler feed. To measure your ingredients you may use a digital scale. Cloves can be used as a growth promoter independently, or in combination with other growth promoters. Aside from serving as a broiler growth promoter, cloves also have health benefits for the broiler birds.
4. Black pepper (Piper nigrum) as a promoter of growth
Black pepper – Yoruba iyere, Igbo uziza, Hausa uda, and Urhobo urire. This is another growth promoter worth mentioning. It is rich in minerals such as zinc, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, lycopene, magnesium, carotene, and zeaxanthin. These are excellent sources of complex classes of vitamin B, such as pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin, and niacin, which explains why feed intake in broiler chickens is growing. You need to add 1 KG of black pepper to every 100 KG of feed to integrate black pepper into your broiler diet. That is, one percent of their feed is black pepper.
5.Bitter Kola (Garcinia kola) as Broilers’ Natural Growth Promoter
No, we are not yet done with the natural weight booster for broilers! Who is saying broilers also don’t get something good out of bitters? In addition to the bitter kola’s antimicrobial effects, it has also been found to be a fantastic natural growth promoter that farmers can use to make their broilers achieve impressive weights in the shortest possible time. So, if you add bitter kola to your broiler feed, you ‘re at least sure that your feed contains a strong growth promoter and an antimicrobial agent.
Sun-dry the seeds and grind them into powder to use Bitter Kola as a broiler growth promoter. Add 25 g of feed per KG
6. Hot Red Pepper / Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annum L.)
Cayenne pepper (also known as hot red pepper) is one of the promoting natural or organic growth which is readily available. This raises or improves the appetite and feed intake or metabolism when added to chickens or other poultry birds’ diets. Cayenne pepper is also known to destroy gastrointestinal worms and is useful for coccidiosis treatment. A scientific study has shown that cayenne pepper powder with a broiler feed inclusion limit of 0.5-1 g/100 g works greatly in boosting broiler body weight.
7. Garlic (Sativum allium)
A member of the family of onions, garlic is a vegetable (sometimes classified as a spice) that helps boost the immune system, fight viral and bacterial diseases, increase the production of eggs and boost growth. Research has shown that Garlic powder, a broiler feed inclusion rate of 2-3 g/1 kg, results in higher growth performance.
8. Curcuma longa (Turmeric)
Turmeric is a spice highly rich in curcumin, a chemical that serves as an anticoccidial, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory drug. Many scholars have researched the potency of Turmeric as a natural growth promoter, and the results were positive and impressive. For example, the turmeric powder at an inclusion rate of 0.75% of broiler feed results in improved growth performance and effective feed conversion ratio (FCR).
I hope you are okay with how to promote your chicken growth? If not, then let us know how you promote your chicken growth using your methods. if it is okay, we will give you the go-ahead but if not, then we will let you know more about how you can promote your chicken growth!