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Onwurah and Okejim

Greener Journal of  Agricultural Sciences Vol. 1 (2), pp. 015-017, November 2011

 ISSN: 2276-7770

Effect of Restricted Feed Access Time on Broiler Chickens Live Performance

Onwurah F.B and Okejim J.

Department Of Agriculture, Federal College Of Education (Technical) Omoku, Nigeria.

Abstract:

300 broiler chickens of 4weeks old were used to investigate the effect of restricted feed access time on broiler chickens in the finisher phase. The birds had 3,6,9 and 12 hours access time to feed while water was provided ad libitum for 4weeks. Results indicate non significant (P>0.05) different for average weekly feed intake, heart weight, spleen weight and mortality. Results also indicate significant (P<0.05) differences for total feed consumed, total feed cost and feed conversion ratio. Average weekly weight gain, weekly live weight, final live weight, and dressed weight were significantly (P<0.05) different. Also indicated in the results are significant (P<0.05) differences in gizzard weight and live weight. This study recommends the feeding of broiler chickens for 9 hours daily.

Keywords: Feed restriction, access time, broiler chickens, live performance.

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