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Paddy as a replacer for maize in the diet of broiler chicks

Indian Journal of Poultry Science 31(3): 163-167

Paddy as a replacer for maize in the diet of broiler chicks

To study the effect of replacement of maize with paddy (Jiri) on the performance of broilers, maize was replaced quantitatively with paddy at 0 (T-1), 25 (T-2, 50 (T-3), 75 (T-4) and 100 (T-5) per cent levels. Day old, broiler chicks (400) were reared up to 8 weeks of age. The body weights in T-3 were significantly higher (P lt 0.05) than in T-1 (control). Feed consumption increased with the level of replacement up to 50 per cent. The feed consumption ratio's were found comparable in T-1, T-2, T groups. The proximate composition of meat (moisture, protein, ether extract and ash) and carcass traits (dressed weight, eviscerated weight and bone yield) were comparable in all the treatments, at 8 weeks of age. The cost per kg live and eviscerated weights were lower in T-3 compared to in T-1, T-2, T-4 and T-5. It was concluded that replacement of 50 per cent maize of the basal broiler diet with paddy is suitable without affecting the growth performance of birds.

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