GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF OSTRICHES (Struthio camelus) IN INDIA

Article Id: ARCC440 | Page : 176-179
Citation :- GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF OSTRICHES (Struthio camelus) IN INDIA.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2012.(46):176-179
S.T. Selvan, P. Kumarasamy and D. Thyagarajan
Address : Ostrich Breeding Unit, Livestock Research Station Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sci. Univ., Kattupakkam-603 203, India

Abstract

Ostrich (Struthio camelus) farming is a new upcoming venture in India. Ostrich farming was started in India during 2000 with the sole objective of studying its adaptability and commercial viability. Experience revealed that rearing, feeding and nutrition of ostriches were quite different from other poultry species. Out of 68 chicks hatched, the survival percentage was 58.8% up to the age of 18 months. Chick mortality below 3 months of age was one of the most critical phase of rearing. The live body weight was 3.78 ± 0.17 kg at 1 month of age with a feed conversion of 1.67 and 118.21 ± 2.81 kg at 18 months with a feed conversion ratio of 7.50. The average daily body weight (ADG) gain during the period was 220g.

Keywords

Ostrich Feed Growth Mortality.

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