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Effect of forage-based feeds at different levels on the growth performance of Rhode island chicken

Irene M. Adion, Marielle S. Dizon

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Int. J. Agron. Agri. Res.21(6), 49-56, December 2022

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The study evaluated the effect of forage-based feeds at different levels on the growth performance of chickens. Formulated forage-based feeds were used to substitute commercial grower feeds at different levels of 0, 25, 50 and 75% in ration. The results showed that no significant differences on the initial and final weight. However, as with the gain in weight the highest was observed in Treatment 1 with 1040.11 grams which is not significantly different to Treatment 3 (1021.96) and Treatment 2 (925.35). The highest mean ADG was recorded in Treatment 1 (11.56g) which is comparable to Treatment 3 (11.36g) and Treatment 2 (10.28g) better feed conversion ratio was recorded in control group, however, lowest feed cost to produce a kilogram gain weight was observed in Treatment 3 thus increasing the profitability in poultry production without an adverse effect on performance and blood hematological profile. In conclusion, commercial grower feeds can be replaced with forage – based feeds up to 50% level without adversely affecting the growth performance of chicken.

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