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International Journal of Poultry Science
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 35-39
DOI: 10.3923/ijps.2009.35.39
 
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Effect of Different Feed Restriction Regimes During the Starter Stage on Productivity and Carcass Characteristics of Male and Female Ross 308 Broiler Chickens
D.J. Novel, J.W. Ng`ambi, D. Norris and C.A. Mbajiorgu

Abstract:
An experiment was conducted to determine the effect of different feed restriction regimes during the starter stage (14-21 days) on productivity and carcass characteristics of male and female Ross 308 chickens. A 3 (feeding levels: ad-libitum intake, 50% ad-libitum intake and 75% ad-libitum intake) x 2 (male and female chickens) factorial arrangement in a complete randomized design was used. Feed restriction affected (p<0.05) live weight of chickens at the age of 21 days and male chickens were heavier (p<0.05) than females at the same age. Chickens on 75% ad libitum feeding attained complete compensation in live weight at 42 days of age while those on 50% ad libitum feeding did not. However, male chickens attained higher (p<0.05) live weights than female chickens at 42 days of age. It is suggested that 75% ad libitum restriction feeding during the starter stage from 14 up to 21 days of age may offer some economic advantage over ad-libitum feeding regimen, mainly by enhancing feed utilization. It may, therefore, be a useful nutritional strategy to reduce the cost of commercial starter grain based-diets.
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How to cite this article:

D.J. Novel, J.W. Ng`ambi, D. Norris and C.A. Mbajiorgu , 2009. Effect of Different Feed Restriction Regimes During the Starter Stage on Productivity and Carcass Characteristics of Male and Female Ross 308 Broiler Chickens. International Journal of Poultry Science, 8: 35-39.

DOI: 10.3923/ijps.2009.35.39

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijps.2009.35.39

 
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