International Journal of
Livestock Production

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Livest. Prod.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2448
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 265

Full Length Research Paper

The effect of limiting feeding time by three and six hours per day during the starter period on broiler performance

Somaia Mohamed Alkhair
  • Somaia Mohamed Alkhair
  • Department of Animal Production, Alzaeim Alazhari University, Khartoum North, Sudan.
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Nureldin Ahmed Musharaf
  • Nureldin Ahmed Musharaf
  • Bayan College for Science and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan.
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Ibrahim Ismail Hamid
  • Ibrahim Ismail Hamid
  • Animal Production Research Center, Khartoum North, Sudan.
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Omer Ibrahim Alkurdi
  • Omer Ibrahim Alkurdi
  • Department of Animal Production, Alzaeim Alazhari University, Khartoum North, Sudan.
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  •  Received: 16 August 2016
  •  Accepted: 28 September 2016
  •  Published: 31 August 2017

Abstract

In a completely randomized design, one hundred and twenty one- day old (Arbor acres) broiler chicks were randomly distributed in three treatments, five replicates with eight chicks per a replicate. The treatments were: 24 h ad libitum feeding (A), B feed removal from 9:00 to 12:00 noon (3 fasting hours) and C feed removal from 9:00 to 3:00 pm (6 fasting hours). Feed restriction was applied from 8 to 28 days of age. The experiment lasted from 8 to 37 days of age. The results showed that fasting birds for three and six hours had significantly (p<0.05) no effect on body weight, weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion ratio at 37 days of age.

Key words: Broilers; feed removal; starter period; performance.