Effect of feeding diets with different energy levels on the performance of broiler housed in cages during summer season
G.A.BHAT, M. T.BANDAY, A.A.KHAN AND F.A.MATTOO
Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir
Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry
Division of Livestock Production & Management
Shuhama Alusteng Srinagar Kashmir
A feeding trial of five weeks duration was conducted on 108, 7-days-old commercial broiler chicks, housed in cages to evaluate the effect of feeding of iso-nitrogenous (C.P 22%) diets with different energy levels (2800, 3000 and 3200 Kcal/Kg feed). There was no significant effect on the performance of broilers with respect to weight gain, feed intake, feed efficiency and survivability among the three groups though numerical reduction in feed consumption, improvement in weight gain and FCR was observed in the T 3 group. So for as cost benefit analysis is concerned, the cost of feed / Kg live weight was Rs. 21.50, Rs. 25 and Rs. 25.90 in T 1, T 2 and T 3 group respectively. It may be concluded that feeding high-energy diet to broilers during the summer season, in cages is not a desired practice as it increases the cost of production unnecessarily which would ultimately lead to reduction in the profit margins.