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Poultry farm: Yields and mortality levels


It is important when making financial forecasts for a poultry enterprise to make an informed estimate as to what the yields of the various aspects of the venture will be as well as making an allowance for the death of a certain percentage of your birds. You may find the following figures useful when making your estimates:

Yields

  • 'enriched' intensive egg production - 320 eggs per bird per year
  • free range egg production - 300 eggs per bird per year
  • barn/perchery egg production - similar to free range
  • chick production - of the 240 or so eggs laid in a year by each member of the breeding flock, you could expect 80%-85% to be suitable for hatching

Source of figures: The Farm Management Pocketbook (various editions), John Nix

Mortality

  • intensive egg production - 5%
  • free range egg production - 7%
  • barn/perchery egg production - similar to free range
  • pullet rearing - 2%
  • broiler production - 5%

Source of figures: The Farm Management Handbook, SRUC

Note that although these figures are a useful starting point, they are included for illustration purposes only. Your results may well be significantly different, particularly if you lack experience.