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Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 8  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 663 - 666

Effect of Different Levels of the Raw and Processed Vetch Seed (Vicia sativa) on Broiler Performance

A.A. Saki, G. Pourhesabi, A. Yaghobfar, M.A. Mosavi, M.M. Tabatabai and M. Abbasinezhad    

Abstract: An experiment was conducted to study the effects of different levels of raw and processed vetch (Vicia sativa) seeds on broiler performance. The experiment was carried out in a Completely Randomized Design. Four hundred and seventy six day-old broilers of male Hubbard strain were used. Seven treatments (dietary contain 0, 10, 20 and 30% levels raw or processed vetch seeds) were arranged by 4 replications and 17 broilers in each. The experiment period was 42 days and diets were isonitrogenous and isocaloric. Body weight gain was reduced significantly (p<0.05) by 20 and 30% raw and processed vetch seeds in comparison with control. No significantly difference was shown in body weight gain by 10% processed and 20% raw vetch seeds compared with control group. The similar reaction was found in feed conversion ratio between treatments with exception by 30% raw dietary vetch seed. The results of this study have shown that desirable performance was observed by 10% of common vetch seeds in broiler performance.

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