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Feed to bird weight conversion chart

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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.
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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.

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

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post #2 of 6

I can't follow your columns as I still only had 2 sips of coffee this morning.     caf     Please simplify...are each of the Welp's columns' totals for 50, 100 or 150 birds or ?   I assume that that Welp's chart refers to the Cornish X chickens only. Other breeds' feed consumption for age such as Freedom Rangers, and other DP will NOT apply.   Please summerize and identify and label the totals and include the total meat yield (for how many birds).  It would be much easier to follow if it was based for 100 birds. I could simply move the decimal point to the left if I had only 10 birds, then multiply by 2 if I had 20. or by 5 for 50, etc.   celebrate    Have you raised your own 150 chickens  yet, and if so, how close did you come to those feed consumtion figures to your real world?  Thank you.    clap

post #3 of 6
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The Welp's averages are only in the first two columns. This does apply to Cornish X's and should result in an average 4.25 lbs dressed bird. Sorry I base the chart on 100 birds. I'm raising 150 in a batch, so I put this together to give me an idea at what I am looking at for feed cost. I haven't raised 150 at one time yet, but I did do 50 last fall. The consumption numbers were similar, but this batch will be done in tractors and on grass.

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

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

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post #4 of 6

Typical industry average-

42 day old birds (straight run) will consume about 10.50 lbs of feed each and the average weight of the birds should be 5.6 lbs. This includes a typical 4% mortality spread to the age.

post #5 of 6

I now have consumed 3 cups of coffee...   When I run the figures using Neil's posting for Industry average and my area's price of $15.99/50 lbs. comparing to your chart for feed consumtion at your lesser cost per 50 lbs. for 50 birds at 6 weeks ... my calculator is doing some funny math for your cost / bird .  barnie    Please summerize your totals to elaborate.    clap

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I hope the way I've edited the chart helps.

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

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

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