Effect of feed stirring and feeding frequencies on broiler performance
D. KAR¹ AND D. PRASAD²
1Deptt. of Livestock Production & Management
2Deptt. of Vety. Clinical Medicine
CCS Haryana Agril. University, Hisar - 125004
An experiment was conducted involving 225-day-old broiler chicks to study the effect of feed stirring and feeding frequencies on the performance of broilers. Chicks were randomly distributed in nine groups of 25 chicks each. Standard chick -starter (0-4 w) and finisher (4-6 w) rations were formulated (BIS, 1992), including maize and groundnut cake as the major feed ingredients. The treatments comprised standard feeding of broilers was taken as the control (T0), four times stirring (07.0,10.0,13.0 and 16.0 hr.), was taken as first treatment (T1), four times feeding (total feed offered in to four parts at 07.0,10.0,13.0 and 16.0 hr., T2), daily. These three treatments were employed on three replicates of chicks, randomly. The 6 weeks body weight of both the treatment groups (T1 and T2) were 1.13 and 1.15 kg/bird as compared to control (T0) 1.14 kg/bird. Feed consumption during the experimental period was 2.93 and 2.99 kg/bird in the treatment groups (T1 and T2) whereas in control it was 2.87 kg/bird. Feed conversion ratio (FCR) values were 2.60 in both the treatment groups, where as in control group it was 2.51. There was no significant difference (P<0.05) among the three treatments in terms of body weight, feed intake and FCR values. Therefore, it can be concluded that feed stirring and feeding frequencies don’t have any edge over one time feeding in 6-week broiler production.