In the article, we will briefly look at the ingredients and the formula guiding the formulation of the broiler starter mash, grower mash, finisher mash and the post-finisher mash:-
How to Make Broiler Starter Mash
The broiler starter mash is formulated for the farmers who raise for the live markets and sell them at the age of six to eight weeks. The broiler rations must generally include a growth promoter and a coccidiostat. However, these are excluded from the post-finisher broiler mash.
The broiler starter mash should not include any growth hormones or animal by-products in the formulation.
The broilers should be fed the starter mash from the time they are one day old to 16 days old. The approximate feed consumption for the broilers will vary between 600g to 800g per bird.
The broiler starter mash is generally in the format of mash or crumbles. You should feed the chickens crumbles so as to ensure faster growth as well as more efficient feed conversion. However, if you want to slow down the growth and minimizes the occurrences of the waterbelly, you can feed the chickens the poultry mash.
The table below shows the ingredients used in broiler starter mash formulation and the ration in which these ingredients should be mixed:-
How to Make Broiler Grower Mash
The broiler growers mash is in pellet form. The broiler grower mash is fed to the chickens from the age of 17 days to 30 days. Just like in the broiler starter mash, the rations in the broiler grower mash contain a growth promoter and coccidiostat but no growth hormones or animal-byproducts. The feed consumption per bird will approximately be 1.5kg. Below is a table showing the nutrient content for a broiler grower mash formulation:-
How to Make Broiler Finisher Mash
The broiler finisher mash is fed to the chickens from the age of 30 days to the age of 38 days. Every bird will consume approximately 1kg of broiler finisher mash from the age of 30 days to the age of 38 days. The broiler finish mash is in the form of pellets.
The Broiler Post Finisher Mash
The broiler post finisher mash is fed to the broilers five days before slaughter. This diet is richer in protein content.