Everything You Need To Know About Raising Excellent Broiler Chickens in Nigeria

Broiler meat is the world’s fastest growing protein production for human consumption and Agrited is one of Nigeria's leading broiler chick producer. We are fully devoted to producing top quality chicks, enabling farmers to achieve optimum profitability.

Everything You Need To Know About Raising Excellent Broiler Chickens in Nigeria

Everything You Need To Know About Raising Excellent Broiler Chickens in Nigeria

Nowadays, in the modern and fast growing world, we need to keep up with professionally and economically increasing goals. Broiler meat is the world’s fastest growing protein production for human consumption.  Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa. Agrited is a leading broiler chick producer and is fully devoted to producing top quality chicks, enabling farmers to achieve optimum profitability.

We wish to offer some essential tips for modern and most economical broiler production.



The modern broiler market is dominated by 2 breeds, Ross, and Cobb. Agrited is proud to concentrate in its Ross 308 breeding operation. Our chicks are originated from the Ross Grand Parents operation in Scotland, assuring finest advanced genetics of broiler potential.



A good chick comes from a good breeding flock. A modern breeder needs attention in all PS flocks growth aspects. We begin as soon as day 1 to take care of our breeders by a strict updated vaccination scheme, close control of pullet weight and growth curve and best supply of vitamins, minerals, and feed additives breeders need. Our chicks hatch with a high antibody titer to IBD, NDV, IB, and many other pathogens, all provide the grower ultimate medical protection.



Agrited operates state of the art modern Emka and Pasreform hatcheries. The hatcheries are constantly monitored for meticulous performance and the chick embryo is totally controlled until a timely hatch with full vigor. Now, after the chicks have left the hatchery and reach the farm, we propose a few features to help farmers achieve best results.

  1. Thermoregulations

A day old chick cannot regulate its own body temperature. Therefore we need to supply the thermal neutral zone for it.

Start warming the building 24-48 hours before chicks arrive. Warming a concrete floor can take one to 2 days. A chick on a cold floor will refrain to eat and be inactive. The most critical period is the first five days. Gradually within 2 weeks, the chick becomes more capable to regulate its body temperature. The temperature at chick level should run from 31 to 33 centigrade and gradually stabilize at 21 degrees at 28 days.

In general, smaller chicks need a higher brooding temperature than bigger ones. A simple and good way to check how your chick is feeling is to hold its legs against your cheek. If you feel they are cold you should raise the house temperature.

Correct temperature management will assure high weight gain, lower FCR, lower cull rate, lower mortality and practically reduce bird growing costs.


  1. Monitoring

Check your chicks after 24 hours to see if they have been properly accommodated.  Randomly select 100 chicks. 95% of the chicks should have full crops with a mixture of feed and water. If this goal is not reached, go through a check list and see if something is wrong. Feed quantity in feeders and on the floor, water quality, building temperature, hatchery problems, can all contribute to this feature.


  1. 7th day weight gain

7-day old chick weights are an excellent way to see how well did they start. Chicks should quadruple their day old weight within the first 7 days. Each one gram of weight gain at 7 days will yield additional 6 grams at 35 days old!

Good 7-day weight correlates positively with lower FCR and low final mortality.


  1. 7th day mortality

This feature is also important to record. Mortality of up to 1 % in 7 days is considered a good result. If results are way above, find out what has gone wrong.


  1. Ventilation

This is an essentially important issue. The chick house has to be sealed from any draft wind at chick level. This is especially applicable in the first 14 days.

Never compromise ventilation in order to keep the correct temperature. Use minimum ventilation fans to keep the oxygen levels at the correct level.

The minimum ventilation should run on 5-minute cycles, allowing ventilation to work 20% of this cycle. That is 1 minute of fan ventilation and 4 minutes of no ventilation continuously.


  1. Feed

Use a high-quality pre starter and starter feed.  Remember to add a toxin binder to the feed. The maze in Nigeria has a high rate of Mycotoxins that may cause feed refusal. In the first week, the feed has to be distributed on paper sheets aside the drinkers. Feed space using paper has to occupy 50% of the floor space.

The first feed application on paper should be 50 grams/chick. Thereafter, topping up of feed on the paper and a gradual move to the feeders.


  1. Drinking water

Drinking water should be from a tested well. Water with foul odor or wrong pH, will not be consumed by the birds. Ideal pH is from 5.5-7.5.

Ideal water temperature range is 10-14 centigrade, though birds will consume water in a wider range of temperature. Do not supply water above 30 degrees to the birds, it will not be consumed appropriately.


  1. Stocking density

Stocking density should run around 25 kg/meter by slaughter time. As we have a hot climate in Nigeria, it is preferable not to exceed the above density.


  1. Vaccination

In order to protect our flock from pathogens, a good vaccine supplier, and a good vaccination application plan should be adapted. Agrited is the Abic-Phibro animal health vaccine representative in Nigeria, supplying high-quality poultry vaccines for many years. The vaccine should be stored and shipped at the correct temperature advised by the vaccine producer.

It is preferable to apply vaccines in the water early in the morning, to avoid hot temperatures during the day, and utilize the high water consumption in morning. Deny birds from water for 1 hour in order for the vaccine to be utilized in 1-2 hours.

Water should be clean from any chlorine and disinfectant. Treat the water with a stabilizer or use skim milk to neutralize any Chlorine residues.


  1. Bio-security

Disease control is one of the main challenges of broiler producers. Strict measures to reduce disease load should be implemented in the farm. Surround the farm with fences to stop unwanted visitors. Clean and disinfect the houses between depletion and introduction of new flock. Establish and perform a vermin control plan. Mice and Rats are known for Salmonella and Pasteurella vectors. Make sure that farm staff has full change of clothes when going in to the farm. Many viral and bacterial diseases can remain in clothing and shoes, and so if not changed before entering the farm may introduce disease into the broiler farm.

Use shoe dips with Phenol disinfectant dips before entering every poultry house. Apply vaccines correctly for utmost efficiency. Incorrect application can reduce vaccine effectiveness and harm flock health.

Use an efficient cremation facilities to dispose of dead birds. Dead birds can attract vermin, wild birds, dogs, and cats, therefore introduce viruses and Bacteria in the farm.

Treat invading insects in the farm. Insects have been known as carriers of Salmonella and various viruses with a great potential to introduce disease in the farm.

We wish you to achieve excellent results and hope these simple tips are of assistance.


    23.08.2017 at 11:30 am


  2. Andrew Ubosi
    21.11.2018 at 10:23 pm

    Thank u very much for the information. We are partners and such information is good for us broiler rearers. If d rearers are doing well, the hatchers will also do well. I was however expecting a schedule that will specify the type if vaccine and time to administer it in the course of the rearing. Kindly make available that aspect of information to us so we can be more precise in following your recommendations. Thank u

  3. ifeanyi
    22.11.2018 at 9:30 pm

    Pls what is the cost a cartone of day old layers

  4. Kate
    15.07.2020 at 4:47 pm

    My birds are 8 weeks but th they are still small. Whar is will i give to boost their growth? Have given booster.

  5. Edogun Freda Osas
    07.08.2020 at 6:43 am

    Good morning. Pls firstly I’ll like to statement my disappointment and dissatisfaction in what I get from my first purchase of agrited, I got more than 2 premature birds, now my bird’s are having difficulty in walking, hv given them. Gumboro vaccine and lasota is today according to the vaccine chart given to me by my supplier, pls tell me, wat exactly am I to do with respect to their difficulties in walking???..

    Also I hv plans of buying more birds, what are the assurance that I won’t be given premature birds again????

    Pls u can reach me via my personal email [email protected]

      19.08.2020 at 11:30 am

      Dear Edogun, Apologies for the inconveniences you may have gone through, please call us on 017001731 or any of the booking lines on this site and ask for a trusted distributor in your area, and if you are ever buying 1000 chicks or more, then you should purchase directly from us. Wish you the best of farming experience.

  6. Fredas_farm
    07.08.2020 at 6:44 am

    Also please do well to drop a proper vaccine chart for newbies to follow up to avoid any problems or complications..


      19.08.2020 at 11:26 am

      Please check your mail

  7. Princewill Ernest Izuchukwu 08032596007
    08.08.2020 at 12:52 am

    I really would no longer want to buy chicks from sub dealers, reason is, its obvious they interchange your breed with some other useless never grow breeds that makes it difficult for chicks to rapidly grow in uniform, as am typing now, I have 700 broilers said to be from agrited and at 10 weeks over 8percent of them still look like they are just 4weeks,

    I agree that Agrited and company are doing all to eradicate this fraud by wearing the chicks a coloured paint which as I type, is been manipulated

    So with all these happenings

    I would like to buy my chicks from Agrited hatchery if possible

    From Anambra state nigeria

      19.08.2020 at 11:22 am

      Please call any of our booking lines on this site, or call our sales office line 017001731

      • Sunny Blaise Iwu
        21.08.2020 at 8:53 pm

        Am suffering from the same problem, I need ur active line or social media thanks

  8. Oguntola aderonke
    10.08.2020 at 2:08 pm

    My birds are 8 weeks but th they are still small. Whar is will i give to boost their growth? Have given booster.

      19.08.2020 at 11:20 am

      You can give them Agrivit if they are broilers, please call Lara on 08063954196 for more inquiries and bookings

      25.08.2020 at 10:28 am

      Kindly check your email

  9. Okoye Chinyere Celestina
    13.08.2020 at 7:33 pm

    Please where is agrited hatchery located in Anambra I think I want to deal with them directly having being fooled severally by the people I bought birds from

      19.08.2020 at 11:19 am

      Sorry to learn this, Kindly call us for your bookings. Please note minimum booking is 1000 chicks, and if you are buying below you will be linked with a trusted distributor in your area

      • Dummanuel Science Villa
        22.08.2020 at 9:08 pm

        Please, I will like to have the contact of a trusted distributor in Port Harcourt.

        • AGRITED
          25.08.2020 at 10:29 am

          Please call Dr Ezema on 09056821731

  10. Okoye Chinyere Celestina
    13.08.2020 at 10:45 pm

    Please is there any agrited hatchery in Anambra

      19.08.2020 at 11:17 am

      There is no hatchery in Anambra, you can call us on 017001731 for inquiries

  11. Adekoya
    22.08.2020 at 5:31 pm

    Good day,
    Same comments of what you know.
    Please, how can I get a reputable client from your company. I reside at IYANA IYESI, sango Ogun state axis.

      25.08.2020 at 10:03 am

      Thank you for the response, please contact on us 017001731 for inquiries

  12. Onyinyechi Ononiba
    22.08.2020 at 10:24 pm

    I have really learnt alot Thank you. My birds have not been doing well. I have been wondering what am not doing right. I will try all these tips you have given. I leave in Abuja and would like you to link me with a trusted distributor. Thanks.

      25.08.2020 at 9:55 am

      Thank you for your response, please call Dr Victor on 08078904890

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