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Effect of varying period of early nutrient restriction on growth compensation and carcass characteristics of male broilers.
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PMID:  8165159     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An experiment was conducted to determine growth and carcass characteristics of male broilers subjected to varying periods of early nutrient restriction. Nutrient restriction was achieved by feeding a starter diet in which the major ingredients were replaced with 50% oat hulls. Five treatments involved feeding this diluted diet for 6 d, either continuous or split into shorter periods in different ways, all starting at 6 d of age. On completion of the 6 d of nutrient restriction, all birds received undiluted starter diet, followed by grower and finisher diets to trial termination at 49 d. All birds fed the diluted diet exhibited reduced nutrient intake. Complete growth compensation by all birds that previously received the diluted diet was attained by 35 d, due largely to their superior (P < .05) feed efficiencies relative to the control birds during realimentation. Varying the period of nutrient restriction did not affect growth compensation. Birds that received the diluted diet for 6 continuous d tended to be leaner at 42 d compared with those that consumed the diluted diet for shorter periods. This latter effect may relate to variable ME intake. There was no statistical difference in other carcass characteristics measured at both 42 and 49 d of age.
A K Zubair; S Leeson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Poultry science     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0032-5791     ISO Abbreviation:  Poult. Sci.     Publication Date:  1994 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-05-23     Completed Date:  1994-05-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401150     Medline TA:  Poult Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  129-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Chickens / growth & development*
Food Deprivation / physiology*
Time Factors
Weight Gain

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