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The effect of low protein and high fiber grower diets on the performance of broiler pullets



The effect of low protein and high fiber grower diets on the performance of broiler pullets



Poultry Sci 45(2): 393-402



The use of the low protein and high fiber feeds delayed age at 50% production 23.6 and 8.7 days, respectively, as compared to the control diet. The delay in sexual maturity was accompanied by a reduction in body weight. Performance during the layer period was not adversely affected by use of any of the grower treatments. No differences existed in total hen-day production, eggs per hen, feed consumed, feed utilization, fertility, hatchability or mortality. Pullets delayed in sexual maturity laid fewer medium eggs and more extra large eggs than did those grown on the control diet. The use of 13% protein during the layer phase resulted in significantly less body weight gain as compared to a 17% protein diet, without adversely affecting other performance factors.

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