Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 51 issue 5 (october 2017) : 939-943

Influence of stocking density on the performance, carcass characteristics, hemato-biochemical indices of Vanaraja chickens

Shailesh Kumar Gupta, Kumaresh Behera, C.R. Pradhan, Aditya Prasad Acharya, Kamdev Sethy, Dayanidhi Behera, S.A. Lone, K.P. Shinde
1<p>Department of Livestock Production and Management,&nbsp;College of Veterinary Science and Animal husbandry, O. U. A.T., Bhubaneswar-751003, Odisha, India.</p>
Cite article:- Gupta Kumar Shailesh, Behera Kumaresh, Pradhan C.R., Acharya Prasad Aditya, Sethy Kamdev, Behera Dayanidhi, Lone S.A., Shinde K.P. (2016). Influence of stocking density on the performance, carcass characteristics,hemato-biochemical indices of Vanaraja chickens . Indian Journal of Animal Research. 51(5): 939-943. doi: 10.18805/ijar.10989.

A total 90 Vanaraja experimental birds were divided into three respective groups based on floor density viz., G1 (16 birds/m2), G2 (12 birds/m2) and G3 (8 birds/m2). No significant difference in average live weight and carcass weight was observed between groups. Average feed consumption, feed conversion ratio (FCR) and dressing percentage in G2 and G3 was significantly (P<0.05) higher as compared to G1. There were no significant effect (P>0.05) of stocking density in the carcass characteristics except the heart weight. There were non significant differences among groups for total protein, albumin, globulin and A:G ratio. Blood glucose was significantly (P>0.05) higher in group G1 as compared to G2 and G3. Blood cholesterol level increased with increase in stocking density but not significantly. Blood parameters eosinophil, monocyte, basophil counts and H:L ratio were not affected by the stocking density. Hb concentration increased non-significantly with increased stocking density. Vanaraja birds from 8 birds/m2 to 12 birds/m2 give the better growth performance, FCR and dressing percentage without change in blood biochemical and hematological indices.

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