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Tips for feeding chickens in a
start-up poultry business
Setting up a poultry start-up business in developing countries requires
a number of decisions regarding the nutrition of birds.
A start-up poultry farm is a way to increase income in
developing countries. Subin Pumsom, Dreamstime
by the over-efficient production results attained in commercial poultry farms in more developed countries.
Along with a number of other variables, nutrition for
such extraordinary results is complicated and often impossible to implement in a start-up business. So, as the
first step in setting up a nutritional program for poultry
raised in a developing country in a semi-extensive setting
is to accept a level of performance that is more in line
with local reality. It is not a bad thing to shoot for the
stars, but when one begins, it is best to find its standing
place before raising expectations that cannot be realized
from a practical point of view.
Starting a family poultry business in a developing
country is perhaps one of the most commendable ways
of increasing one's fortune, especially since agriculture
is not always considered the most prestigious occupation.
Yet, a small poultry enterprise offers many opportunities,
along with an equal or even greater number of challenges. One of these challenges is how to feed these birds,
especially if the owner has no previous knowledge.
The internet is a wonderful tool, but at the same time,
it can become a handicap. Searching for advice on the
internet can yield numerous results and an overload of
information. Naturally, one is expected to be impressed
Using local ingredients is different from using the socalled corn-soy diets employed in modern commercial
farms. A local advisor/consultant is required to inform a
start-up business regarding which local ingredients can
and should be used to enable the start-up poultry business to grow and profit with limited capital. On the other
hand, if imported corn-soy complete diets are available,
and the capital is there, then by all means, this is the
easiest, if not the least expensive, way to ensure proper
nutrition and maximal performance.
Birds require all nutrients
Birds raised in the U.S. or Nigeria still require ample
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