Analyzing the Commercial Poultry Feed Market part 3 (the results)

Before I get into today’s post, I would like to explain some of the steps I took in presenting the results. if you missed part one and two, find them here and here

  1. Significant differences: this is an important term in science experiments, especially used when comparing the effects of more than one factor (e.g food, specie, fertilizer) on a plant or animal. Simply put, calculating for significant difference at a certain level, say 95% gives us an assurance that the said factor has an effect on the plant or animal, and if the experiment is repeated a 100 times, we are likely to get the similar result at least 95 times. A few statistical methods are used to calculate this, but I wouldn’t bore you with those, however if you would like to see the calculations, please let me know in the comments.
  2. LSD mean differentiation: after significant difference has been established, mean differentiation is done to further determine which feed type actually performs better or which of them are same even if the figures are slightly different. The means are labelled a,b,c in decreasing order. Means with the same letter are not significantly different. This cannot be done if there is no significant difference in the means

Now let’s get into business

Feed consumption (kg)

 

Feed type

 

1

weeks

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

animal care 100 150 250 350 525 525
Breedwell 100 200 300 400 525 525
hybrid 100 200 275 350 525 525

 

Total cost

 

item Animal care Breedwell hybrid
Day old chicks 110,000 110,000 110,000
Drugs(vitalyte and neoceryl) 17,933 17,933 17,933
Starter 104,400 113,889 107.300
Finisher 143,000 158,200 139,150
Salaries 18,000 18,000 18,000
Total 393,333 418,022 392,383

Although hybrid birds consumed more feeds than animal care, they cost a little less because their feeds are cheaper the animal care feeds. Breedwell birds consumed more and their feeds are way more expensive than the others

Effect of feed on weight:

Due to s unforeseen circumstances, we could not weigh the birds until they were about 11 days old, that was on a Tuesday( a week and 4 days), the birds were typically in their second week, so we weighed every Tuesday after that. 15 birds were weighed and the average weight was calculated

Feed type  

2

Average

3

weight

4

 

5

 

6

Animal care 0.232c 0.51c 0.90b 1.32 1.60
Breed well 0.336a 0.69a 0.96a 1.29 1.58
Hybrid 0.294b 0.60b 0.86b 1.26 1.60

Breed well performed really well in the first 4 weeks, while animal care lagged behind. However at the end of 6 weeks, there was no significant difference between the feed types.

Mortality

Feed type No of birds that died Mortality rate(%)
Animal care 13 2.6
Breed well 14 2.8
hybrid 14 2.8

p.s my fishes enjoyed eating all of these dead birds

Palatability tests

I prepared 2 birds from each pen, using the same method and amount of ingredients(I completely forgot to take pictures) my family members and I ate them and we realized a few things

  • Breed well has low-fat and more meat plus it tasted really really good.
  • Animal care birds had really strong bones. we couldn’t even break them with our teeth. The fat content was okay but it didn’t taste as good as the breed well.
  • Hybrid birds had higher fat content, and let’s say they tasted ok.

CONCLUSION

I think each feed type has areas in which they outdid the others and it is difficult to say one of them is better than the other, however here are my observations

  • If you want big and birds, any of the feed types can provide that.
  • If you are aiming to reduce cost, hybrid feed is your guy as the feeds are cheaper, while animal care consumes less feed.
  • For healthy and strong birds, animal care does the job
  • And in terms of palatability (my favourite) breed well delivers.

so what do you guys think? lemme know in the comments!

Abisola  Oladele

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