When broiler farmers raise broiler chickens, there are three things on their mind. The first is how they can make sure that the broilers reach the highest possible weight in the shortest time possible. While there are options when it comes to the use of growth promoters for broilers, organic growth promoters are safer. Usually, farmers adopt the use of Antibiotic Growth Promoters in broiler diet to help promote growth. Some of the dietary antibiotics used include Flavomycin, Zinc bacitracin, and Virginiamycin. Some studies claim that Virginiamycin is the most effective option among the three.
So that we don’t shift the focus of this article, let me tell you why these dietary antibiotics may not be the best. It’s simply because dietary antibiotics result in antibiotic resistance. This explains whyNAFDAC has banned the inclusion of antibiotics in animal feed. In this article, I will unveil some natural/organic growth promoters that farmers are using to promote broiler growth. These are safer, cheaper, and do more than promote growth but also keep your chickens healthy. Alright, let me introduce to you some growth recipe.
1. Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
Cloves are an ancient spice. They are one of the amazing natural supplements that you can use to achieve rapid growth in broiler farming. Cloves are effective as a growth promoter when you add to broiler feed at inclusions of 100-200 mg/kg of feed. Cloves can be used independently as a growth promoter or combined with other growth promoters. Apart from working as a growth promoter for broilers, cloves also have health benefits for broilers.
2. Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
Black pepper – iyere in Yoruba, uziza in Igbo, uda in Hausa, and urire in urhobo. This is another growth promoter that is worthy of mention. It is rich in minerals like zinc, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, lycopene, carotene, magnesium, and zeazanthin. They are excellent sources of vitamin B complex groups such as pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin, which explains why it increases feed consumption in broiler chickens.
3. Cayenne Pepper/Hot Pepper (Capsicum annum)
Amazingly, Cayenne pepper finds itself on the list of non-antibiotic growth promoters too. And just so you know, there are a lot of benefits that your broiler’s gut will get from this hot spice. Cayenne or hot pepper will increase broiler feed intake so you might want to make it a part of your broiler diet. At an inclusion rate of 1.5g/kg of feed, Cayenne does the job of a growth promoter so well, and you really should try it. What’s more is that, at that inclusion rate, Cayenne pepper has no negative effect on the birds or their organs.
4. Bitter Kola (Garcinia kola)
No, we are not done yet! Who says broilers don’t get something good out of bitters too? In addition to the antimicrobial effects of bitter kola, it has also been found to be a fantastic natural growth promoter that farmers can use to make their broilers attain impressive weights in the shortest time possible. So, if you are adding bitter kola to your broiler feed, you are at least sure that you have a good growth promoter and an antimicrobial agent in their feed.
There is a lot to benefit the use of organic growth promoters. Not only do they conveniently replace synthetic options, they have remarkable health benefits too. These four growth promoters are remarkable, and if I can discover them, I’m sure there has to be more.
Lastly, don’t forget their inclusion levels. Too much of good stuff is not good. To be sure you are not getting things wrong, you might want to get my eBook. YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO ORGANIC POULTRY FARMING