Effect of chromium picolinate supplementation on performance and economics of broiler production
JYOTI PALOD, D.P. TIWARI AND BRIJESH SINGH
Department of Animal Nutrition
College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar - 263 145
Distt. U.S. Nagar, Uttaranchal
A pilot study was conducted on broiler chickens for a period of 5 weeks. Broilers of control group were provided plain water while that of treated group were provided water containing 1000 ppb chromium as chromium picolinate. At the end of 5 weeks, weight gain of broilers of chromium supplemented group was although higher than control group but statistically there was no significant difference while feed conversion ratio were significantly higher in chromium supplemented group. Carcass characteristics studied at the end of study revealed that dressed weight was significantly higher in treated group as compared to control group whereas abdominal fat was significantly reduced due to chromium picolinate supplementation. Economics of the broiler production also revealed that higher return was obtained from chromium-supplemented group as compared to control group. The overall results indicated that supplementation of 1000 ppb chromium improved economically the overall performance of broiler along with reduced abdominal fat content.