I put together this chart for my meat birds I plan to sell this summer. It is based on buying 50 lbs. bags of starter for three weeks at $14.99 and 50 lbs, bags of finisher at $13.99. The cost column is based on the number of bags for 150 birds. I used Welp's conversion table and averaged their male female numbers.**If this chart wraps (i.e. column numbers 8 & 9 are on the left side of your screen), you must make your browser window larger.**

Feed Conversion Chart

**(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)**

Age Daily Intake .lb Cum Intake .lbs Daily Intake .lb Cum Intake .lbs Weekly Intake .lb #50 .lbs Bags #50 .lbs Bags #50 .lbs Bags cost

1 Bird 1 Bird 50 Birds 50 Birds 50 Birds 50 Birds 100 Birds 150 Birds

1 week 0.077 0.539 3.85 26.95 26.95 0.54 1.08 1.62 $24.24

2 weeks 0.1355 1.4875 6.775 74.375 47.425 0.95 1.90 2.85 $42.65

3 weeks 0.2195 3.024 10.975 151.2 76.825 1.54 3.07 4.61 $69.10

4 weeks 0.3065 5.1695 15.325 258.475 107.275 2.15 4.29 6.44 $90.05

5 weeks 0.3845 7.861 19.225 393.05 134.575 2.69 5.38 8.07 $112.96

6 weeks 0.443 10.962 22.15 548.1 155.05 3.10 6.20 9.30 $130.15

7 weeks 0.483 14.343 24.15 717.15 169.05 3.38 6.76 10.14 $141.90

8 weeks 0.5025 17.8605 25.125 893.025 175.875 3.52 7.04 10.55 $147.63

8 week Total 17.86 35.72 53.58 $758.68

Okay maybe this will explain it better. Basically what I did is use an average of Welp's grow out chart in the first 2 columns. Column 3 is the amount of daily intake for 50 birds, so I plan on feeding 3.85 lbs. a day on average per 50 chicks. Column 4 is the cumulative amount for 50 birds from week one to week eight. Column 5 is the cumulative amount of food to be given from week 1 to week 8. Columns 6, 7, and 8 is the weekly amount of feed needed and the number of 50 lbs. bags needed for 50, 100 and 150 chicks. Column 9 is the cost of each bag multiplied by the number of bags needed to give a weekly cost of feeding 150 birds. If a person would be feeding 100 birds for instance you could multiply the numbers in Column 7 by the cost of feed in your area to get your local numbers. The bag cost for 100 birds is

$16.16

$28.44

$46.06

$64.32

$80.69

$92.97

$101.36

$105.45

$535.46

I tried to put them into the chart but it really screwed it up.

Edited by jaj121159 - 3/11/11 at 6:12am

It's pretty simple...having chickens is work, but lots of fun.

It's pretty simple...having chickens is work, but lots of fun.