Is it possible to intensively rear local chicken feeding them on maize bran and processed feeds? Julius
It is possible to intensify local chicken-keeping by feeding them on processed feeds.
However, although the growth rate improves compared to the free-range local chicken, they do not grow as fast as the hybrids. The growth rate improves because of the controlled feeding.
The processed feeds that you are feeding the chicken on carry all the key nutrients necessary for poultry to grow, compared to the free range scavengers that may just chance on some of these nutrients.
But as mentioned earlier, feeding local chicken on processed feeds alone cannot make them grow as fast as the hybrids.
However, it improves growth and body development by around 20-30%, hence giving you better yields.