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The effect of feeding pearl millet (Darmsa cultivars) on broiler performance

Amal Eltayeb Mahmoud1 and Elfadil A. Elzubeir2

1Department of Poultry Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan
2Department of Animal Nutrition, Faculty of Animal Production, University of Khartoum, Shambat, Sudan


One hundred and sixty of Lohman-types were randomly distributed on body weight basis, into 16 pens. Four experimental diets were allocated to the one of the four treatments. At the end of the experimental period (six weeks) 12 birds from each treatment were slaughtered and the different parameters were studied. Results showed that the birds fed Darmsa cultivar exhibited an increase (P<0.01) in live body weight, weight gain and better feed conversion ratio. Relative thyroid gland weight was increased (P<0.01) in birds given Darmsa cultivar compared to those fed sorghum. Feeding Darmsa cultivar showed that the thyroid follicles were considerably enlarged and lined by flattened epithelium. The birds fed on Darmsa diet showed a significant (P<0.01) increase in the concentration of breast meat lipids, phospholipids, triglycerides and free fatty acids compared to those on the sorghum based diet. The findings of this study indicated that feeding pearl millet has no unwanted effect on the performance of broiler chicks.

Keywords: Millet; Lohman; lipid profile
To cite this article: Mahmoud AE and EA Elzubeir, 2013. The effect of feeding pearl millet (Darmsa cultivars) on broiler performance. Res. Opin. Anim. Vet. Sci., 3(2), 35-40.

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