Feeding value of rice kani in Vanaraja growing chickens

B. K. Swain, R. N. S. Sundaram, E. B. Chakurkar and S. B. Barbuddhe
ICAR Research Complex for Goa, Ela, Old Goa - 403 402

One-hundred and twenty Vanaraja backyard growing chicks (8 weeks old) were given isocaloric and isonitrogenous grower rations containing 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40 % maize replaced with rice kani in a randomized block design with 4 replications for each treatment and each replication containing 6 number of 8 weeks old growing chicks in a equal male female ratio from 8 weeks to 14 weeks of age. Daily feed intake, weekly body weight gain and feed efficiency were measured. Results showed that mean weight gain of chicks were 966.7, 947.2, 1008, 1048 and 1004 g respectively for the diets containing 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40 % rice kani replacing maize. Significant (P≤0.05) reduction in the feed intake was observed in groups of chicks kept on 20-40 % rice kani replacing maize. The expenditure on feed to gain 1 kg live weight was minimum on group 4 where 30 % maize of the diet was replaced by rice kani. It is suggested that rice kani could replace 30 % of maize in the diet of growing Vanaraja backyard chicks for better economics of production.

Source : IPSACON-2005

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