Use of Natural Insoluble Fiber in Oat Hulls (Avena sativa) as Non-Antibiotic Growth Promoter in Broilers
N. A. Mulla D. N. Desai P. E. Avari A. S. Ranade
Experiment was conducted to study effect of natural insoluble fiber in oat hulls as non-antibiotic growth promoter in 180 Cobb-400Y broiler chicks. They were randomly divided into six groups viz., A to F. Each group was further subdivided into two replicates. Groups A and B received corn-soybean based diet with and without antibiotic growth promoter (AGP), respectively. Groups C and D received diet with 2% oat hulls with and without AGP, respectively. Groups E and F received diet with 2% oat hulls with 100 Kcal reduction in ME and 2.5% reduction in CP with and without AGP, respectively. Group A recorded the highest live weight and gain in weight. The highest feed consumption was recorded by group B. The differences in FCR recorded by different groups were statistically non-significant. The differences in intestinal total viable count and coliform count of birds from different groups were statistically non-significant. Group A recorded the highest net profit per kg. Hence, it is concluded that inclusion of oat hulls results in better production performance and it could be a new area of research to replace AGPs in broiler diet.
Keywords : Broilers Insoluble Fiber Non-antibiotic Growth Promoter Oat Hulls
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