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Effect of Different Brooding Sources on Growth, Blood Glucose, Cholesterol and Economic Appraisal of Three Commercial Broiler Strains

Effect of Different Brooding Sources on Growth, Blood Glucose, Cholesterol and Economic Appraisal of Three Commercial Broiler Strains

Muhammad Shabir Shaheen1, Shahid Mehmood1, Athar Mahmud1, Jibran Hussain1, Ahmed Sultan Jatoi2, Muhammad Yaqoob3, Sohail Ahmad1 and Arshad Javid4,*

1Department of Poultry Production, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
2Faculty of Animal Production and Technology, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Sakrand
3Department of Clinical Studies, PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
4Department of Wildlife and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore

*      Corresponding author: arshadjavid@gmail.com

 

ABSTRACT

The concept of using different brooding systems was evaluated by using 720 day-old commercial broilers, 240 from each of the 3 strains (Ross 308, Cobb 500, Hubbard classic). All the chicks having uniform body weight were randomly distributed into 36 replicates having 20 birds each according to completely randomized design and were fed the same quantity of feed. The birds were subjected to 4 heating systems during brooding (Floor Heating, Diesel, Gas and Electricity Bulb). Growth performances, blood glucose, cholesterol level and economic appraisal in term of running cost / Kg of live meat were recorded. The results revealed that all strains generally but Ross 308 particularly maintained on floor heating system (FH) exhibited significantly (P<0.05) better FCR, EEF and livability along with higher glucose and lower cholesterol level in blood with better immune response that led to higher profit margin. All these parameters were significantly (P<0.05) lowest on gas brooder in comparison of brooding systems.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

April

Vol. 51, Iss. 2, Pages 399-799

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