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Effects of housing systems on growth performance, blood plasma constituents and meat fatty acids in broiler chickens.
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PMID:  19634488     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A research was conducted to determine the influence of the conventional and the free-range broiler housing systems using female broiler chicks had low hatching weight on growth performance, breast meat characteristics and some blood plasma parameters. In the conventional (totally confined) housing system sixty one-day-old female Ross broiler chicks were placed in indoor floor pens with three replicates of 20 chicks. In the free-range (partly-confined) housing system, sixty one-day-old Ross broiler chicks were placed in indoor floor pens and also accessed to a grass paddock during 44 day experimental period after 7 days old. Birds of both systems were fed the same commercial broiler diet. The free-range housing system significantly decreased the total feed intake and body weight of broilers (p<0.05). The redness (a* color) and yellowness (b* color) in breast meat were affected by the housing systems (p<0.05). The housing systems had no affect on fatty acids composition of breast meat (p>0.05). The plasma triglyceride and VLDL levels of the conventional reared birds were significantly higher than those reared the free-range (p<0.05). In conclusion, longer growth period was necessary to the free-range reared broilers.
A Sekeroglu; E Demir; M Sarica; Z Ulutas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pakistan journal of biological sciences: PJBS     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1028-8880     ISO Abbreviation:  Pak. J. Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-28     Completed Date:  2009-08-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101247723     Medline TA:  Pak J Biol Sci     Country:  Pakistan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  631-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Gaziosmanpasa, Tokat, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed
Body Weight
Chickens* / anatomy & histology,  blood,  growth & development
Fatty Acids / analysis*
Housing, Animal*
Muscle, Skeletal / chemistry*
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0/Fatty Acids

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