Effects of floor space on the productivity of broilers in the wet humid tropics of South Western Nigeria


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  • WASIU AGUNBIADE LAMIDI Lecturer (x), College of Agriculture, Ejigbo Campus, Osun State University, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria

https://doi.org/10.56093/ijans.v85i6.49337

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Feed conversion ratio, Floor geometry, Stocking density

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Six different floor spaces, each was allotted for 4 birds in cells: F1A (2,000cm2), F2A (2,200cm2), F3A (2,400cm2), F4A (2,600cm2), F5A (2,800cm2), F6A (3,000cm2). Birds housed in each of cells of floor areas: S1A (2,400cm2) = 4, S2A (4,200cm2) = 6, S3A (5,600cm2) = 8, S4A (7,000cm2) = 10. Each was replicated thrice. Results revealed that effects of pen floor areas were significant on bird's weight of 1482±5.07 g. There were discrepancies in birds' final weights (range: 1218±2.03 to 1482±5.07 g), however, 2800cm2 pen showed nearly uniform birds' weights. Average birds' feed intakes (range: 5541g±11.30 to 5588g±14.06 g) were high in 2,800cm2 and 3,000cm2 with fluctuations recorded in feed conversion ratio in all pens, except cell 2,800cm. Stocking density had significant effect on the bird's meat quality; 2,800cm2 pen of four birds with 700cm2 per bird was hereby recommended for high broiler's performance.

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2015-06-12

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2015-06-12

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LAMIDI, W. A. (2015). Effects of floor space on the productivity of broilers in the wet humid tropics of South Western Nigeria. The Indian Journal of Animal Sciences, 85(6), 649–653. https://doi.org/10.56093/ijans.v85i6.49337
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