Growing animals require the right balance of nutrients to allow for tissue growth as well as maintenance of the body as a whole. The chicken meat bird, known as a broiler, is the poultry species for which requirements are best known because it is the most frequently studied.

Principles of feeding small flocks of chickens at home (Utah State University)

Nutrition for the backyard flock (West Virginia State University)

Nutrition and management of the broiler for superior carcass quality (Poultry Industry Council of Canada)