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Journal of Tropical Agriculture, Food, Environment and Extension
 

ISSN 1119-7455
   
 
         
 
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Article No 2 of Volume 13.1 (2014)
 
    
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EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCES OF BROILERS RAISED UNDER DIFFERENT FLOOR SPACE GEOMETRIES IN SOUTH WESTERN NIGERIA

EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCES OF BROILERS RAISED UNDER DIFFERENT FLOOR SPACE GEOMETRIES IN SOUTH WESTERN NIGERIA

 

Wasiu Agunbiade Lamidi

College of Agriculture, Ejigbo Campus, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria

e-mail address: iwasiuagunbiade@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

The study focused on the performances of broilers raised under different floor space areas and flock sizes in deep litter housing. Pens’ floor areas (F1S = 2400 cm2, F2S = 2600 cm2, F3S = 2800 cm2 and F4S = 3000 cm2) were used with each housing 4 birds and also 4 levels of flock sizes at constant floor space area variations (S1D = 2800 cm2, S2D = 4200 cm2, S3D = 5600 cm2 and S4D = 7000 cm2) housing n = 4, 6, 8 and 10 birds, respectively. Among the parameters measured were weight gains by birds, litter weights- its dry matter content and pH values and feed conversion ratio (FCR). Proximate analysis of broiler meat was done for meat quality evaluation. Floor space (FS) had significant effect (P £ 0.05) on the birds’ weights gain and weights’ uniformities and growth; FS also had significant effect (P £ 0.05) on the litter weights, dry matter content and pH values of the litter. Also, statistical differences were observed for all the proximate values in F3S and S1D and in F1S cells. The 2800 cm2 of 4 birds at 700 cm2/bird floor geometry gave highest weight gain (199.3 g ± 4.28), carcass dressed weight (1450.0 g ± 5.66) and FCR (7.88 ± 0.13) at both floor space area/floor geometry (FS) and flock size/stocking density (SD) variations. The 2800 cm2 of 4 birds at 700 cm2/bird floor space was considered best in the research.

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