EFFECT OF EARLY WEANING ON THE GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF SOVIET CHINCHILLA RABBITS UNDER TWO FEEDING REGIMES*

Article Id: ARCC3274 | Page : 135 - 138
Citation :- EFFECT OF EARLY WEANING ON THE GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF SOVIET CHINCHILLA RABBITS UNDER TWO FEEDING REGIMES*.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2006.(40):135 - 138
A. Haque1, A. Das and J.P. Bordoloi2
Address : Animal Production Division, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Barapani, Meghalaya - 793 103, India

Abstract

Thirty young Soviet Chinchilla (SC) male rabbits (kits) were divided into 3 groups and each
group of 10 was randomly assigned to three weaning treatments viz., 4, 5 and 6 weeks. Each
weaned groups of 10 rabbits were further subdivided into two groups, one received concentrate
and the other concentrate plus green up to 12 weeks while the rabbits were slaughtered. The
growth, body weight gains and body weight gains per day were registered and analyzed as per
standard statistical procedure. The difference in body weight may be attributed to the weaning
age where early weaned rabbits showed poor growth due to weaning shock. Higher body weights
were observed for rabbit fed concentrate ration than those fed concentrate plus greens, but the
difference was not significant. We can say the variation in body weights to be due to diverse
weaning treatments but not due to the feeding schedules. From the study it could be affirmed
that exceedingly early-weaned rabbits showed poorer body weight gain. The body weight gain
per day was higher in young rabbits if the rabbits were free from weaning shock

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