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Effect of dietary energy and protein levels on growth and carcass characteristics of straight run hilly chicken up to eight weeks of age reared in confinement

Halima Khatun, Md. Golam Mostafa, Md. Nazrul Islam.

Abstract
The experiment was undertaken to determine the effect of varying energy and protein levels on growth performance and carcass characteristics of hilly chicks at starting period. Three hundred twenty-four straight run day-old chicks were randomly allocated to three dietary treatments of varying energy and protein levels as 2850, 2950 and 3050 ME Kcal/Kg and 200, 210 and 220 g CP/kg DM for starting period. Feed intake, live weight gain, feed conversion, digestibility and dressing percentage were measured during the experimental period. Final body weight and body weight gain were not significantly affected (P>0.05) by the dietary regimes and its interaction. Birds consumed least amount of feed on the diet containing 2850 kcal/kg energy (P

Key words: energy; protein; nutrient requirement; hilly chicken; native chicken



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