Feed conversion rate for chickens
Although it sounds esoteric,
the feed conversion rate is at the heart of raising a sustainable
chicken. Also known as the feed to meat ratio, this number is
simply the pounds of feed given to a chicken divided by the weight of
the cleaned carcass.
notice that pastured chickens actually eat more feed to reach a certain
weight than they would have eaten if they were confined. (Side by
side experiments have confirmed this.) Although we think of
pastured chickens as getting a lot of their nutrition from wild food,
chickens can't digest much grass, so what you're really counting is how
many bugs your birds found. It seems to take broilers more energy
to find bugs than they get from eating those bugs, thus the lower feed
conversion rate on pasture.
Our chicken waterer is essential equipment in a chicken tractor since it never spills on uneven ground.
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