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Restricted feeding alters broiler performance

Rozhgar Bayz Saeed

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sulaimani, Iraq


Feeding schedule is one of the main techniques in growth curve manipulation for increasing production efficiency in broiler chicken.  This study was conducted to find the effects of changing feeding time on the performance of broiler chicks. A total 120 one d old broiler chicks (Ross 308) were reared on feed having 21.8% protein and 3049 kcal metabolizable energy/kg for 14 days. In the beginning of third week, the chicks were allocated to four treatments having three replicates per group. Each group constituted 30 chicks per group. The first group (T1) was control (ad libitum), second group (T2) was offered feed at 3.30 pm (once a day for 1 hour), third group (T2), feeding time was 8.30 pm (once a day for 1 hour) and fourth group (T3) had feeding time at 3.30 and 8.30pm. The results showed that the live body weight, weight gain, feed conversion ratio (FCR), production index improved significantly (P<0.05) with no effect on feed intake. The results indicated that intermittent feed intake may improve the production performance of broiler.

Keywords: Broiler; restricted feed; performance
To cite this article: Saeed RB, 2015. Restricted feeding alters broiler performance. Res. Opin. Anim. Vet. Sci., 5(2): 53-56.

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