Growth response of broiler chickens to poultry feed produced from wheat offal and maize

Yusuf, K.O. and Abioye, O.M. and Abadunmi, T. (2023) Growth response of broiler chickens to poultry feed produced from wheat offal and maize. Journal of agriculture and Environment. (In Press)

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Food crisis in the developing countries especially Nigeria is affecting both man and domesticate animals. The use of grain such as maize in feed production for poultry is creating more shortage of maize for man with the growing population and high demand in the country. There is a need for alternative products for producing poultry feeds from agricultural waste to reduce the competion. This study was conducted to determine the growth response of broiler chickens to feeds produced from wheat-offal (agricultural waste product from wheat) and maize. A total of 50 broiler chickens (day-old) were used with 25 birds (5 birds in each 5 Replicates) fed with wheat-offal feed and 25 birds fed with maize feed and monitored for 12 weeks. The growth rate of the broilers were recorded weekly for 12 weeks and the feed conversion ratio was also determined. The mean weights of the broilers fed with wheat-offal for day-old, weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 were 76.6, 115.6, 144.0, 186.0, 305.6, 462.6, 562.0, 693.6, 758.8, 814.4, 866.4, 956.8 and 1,032.8 g/broiler while the corresponding weights for broilers fed with maize feed were 99.6, 129.6, 151.2, 188.8, 234.8, 300.0, 386.8, 466.8, 550.8, 646.8, 732.4, 804.0 and 882.8 g/broiler, respectively. Wheat-offal feed increased body weight of the broilers by 16.99% at 12-week compared to broilers fed with maize feed. Broiler feed should be produced from wheat-offal to reduce the competion and more availability of maize for human consumption.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: broiler feed, feed conversion ratio, poultry feed, wheat offal, paired t-test
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2024 09:47
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2024 09:47

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