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Journal of Tropical Agriculture, Food, Environment and Extension
 

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Article No 9 of Volume 7.3 (2008)
 
    
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RESPONSE OF SHIKA-BROWN PULLET CHICKS AND LAYERS TO HOME MADE AND COMMERCIAL FEEDS IN ZARIA, KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA.

 

Abeke, F. O.  Sekoni, A.A.   Oni,  O. O.  Adeyinka, I. A. and Nwagu, B.I.

National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University of  Zaria,  Nigeria.

                                                           
ABSTRACT

Two separate experiments were conducted to test the response of Shika brown pullet chicks and layers to home-made and commercial feeds in Zaria metropolis of Kaduna state, Nigeria. In both experiments a home- made chick ration and layer ration were formulated using feed ingredients available in the locality. These were compared with two prominent commercial chick mash and layer mash feeds sold in Zaria. There were three feeds in each experiment and each feed constituted a treatment.  Each of the treatments was replicated three times (making a total of 9 replicates in each study) in a complete randomised design. Two hundred and seventy chicks and layers respectively were used in each experiment, with 30 birds in each of the nine replicates. Results obtained for the chick study showed that the final weight, body weight gain, daily feed intake, feed conversion efficiency and feed cost per kilogramme gain in weight were significantly (P<0.05) better for the commercial feed A than for the other two feeds.  Results obtained for the layers study showed that although birds fed commercial feed A performed significantly (P<0.05) better in terms of final weight, body weight gain, daily feed intake, feed conversion efficiency and percent hen-day egg production, the birds fed the homemade feed were significantly (P<0.05) better in terms of income above feed expenses, which is a measure of profitability. 

 

Keywords:  Homemade feed, commercial feed, pullet chicks, layers, performance.

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