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Effect of quantitative feed restriction on broiler performance.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18595000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of the current study was to determine the effect of quantitative feed restriction on the performance of broilers. A total of 270 unsexed broilers were randomly allocated to three treatments: with no feed restriction (T1), one week (T2) and two (T3) weeks of feed restriction from 22 days of age and then fed ad libitum until the age of 42 days. Treatments were replicated three times with 30 birds per replicate. Birds were fed with starter, grower and finisher diets. The feed consumed and body weights were recorded every week from the third to the sixth week. The average daily gain (ADG), average daily feed intake (ADFI) and the feed conversion ratio (FCR) were computed for each week. At Week 6, body weights of T3 birds were similar (P>0.05) to those of T1 and T2 birds. There were also no treatment effects on the ADG at Week 6. In addition, no treatment effects (P>0.05) were observed on ADFI at each stage of growth. Since ADFI and FCR were similar among the three groups, it was concluded that feed restriction by limiting the time to eat was not successful. There was also no evidence of compensatory growth in the restricted groups.
T L Khetani; T T Nkukwana; M Chimonyo; V Muchenje
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-07-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical animal health and production     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0049-4747     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop Anim Health Prod     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-02-03     Completed Date:  2009-05-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1277355     Medline TA:  Trop Anim Health Prod     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  379-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Livestock and Pasture Science, University of Fort Hare, P. Bag X1314, Alice, Eastern Cape, Republic of South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological / physiology*
Animal Feed
Animals, Newborn
Caloric Restriction*
Chickens / growth & development*,  metabolism
Energy Intake / physiology*
Random Allocation
Time Factors
Weight Gain / physiology*

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