Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 53 issue 4 (april 2019) : 545-550

Effect of different bedding materials on growth performance, physiological response and economic efficiency in three commercial broiler strains

M. Irfan, S. Mehmood, A. Mahmud, J. Hussain, Saima, M.S. Shaheen, S. Ahmad, M.W. Zia
1Department of Poultry Production, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore-54000, Pakistan
Cite article:- Irfan M., Mehmood S., Mahmud A., Hussain J., Saima, Shaheen M.S., Ahmad S., Zia M.W. (2017). Effect of different bedding materials on growth performance, physiological response and economic efficiency in three commercial broiler strains. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 53(4): 545-550. doi: 10.18805/ijar.B-795.
The experiment was conducted at Ravi Campus of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan to assess the effect of wood-shaving, wheat-straw, corn-cob pulp and rice-husk (bedding materials) on the performance of three commercial strains of broiler viz, Ross-308, Cobb-500 and Arbor Acres. Three-hundred-sixty day-old chicks, 120/ strain were distributed into 36 replicates (10 birds/ replicate) according to 4×3 factorial arrangements. Weekly weight gain, FCR, livability and rearing cost was recorded. Birds raised on corn cob pulp exhibited enhanced (P£0.05) body weight, FCR, lesser rearing cost and superior (P£0.05) livability. Among strains, Ross-308 and Cobb-500 showed improved performance compared to Arbor Acres. Serum glucose and immune response were not affected by bedding material or strain; serum cholesterol was higher at rice husk; abdominal fat pad and foot pad dermatitis were higher at corn cob pulp and wood shaving. It was concluded that corn cob pulp proved to be a better bedding material, especially in Ross-308 and Cobb-500.
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