Response of broiler to supplementation of potassium chloride during summer

  • Rezwan Ahmed Rahi Department of Poultry Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • Sumaiya Afrin Department of Poultry Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • Md Abdur Rahman Howlider Department of Poultry Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • Md Shawkat Ali Department of Poultry Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
Keywords: KCl, broiler performance, summer

Abstract

A total of 90 day old as hatched Cobb 500 broilers had free access to a pre-starter diet (crumble) from day old to 14 days of age. A starter diet (pellet) was provided up to end of the experiment. Broilers were allocated to 0 (control), 0.2 or 0.4% of potassium chloride (KCl) in drinking water and reared up to 500, 1000 or 1500g target weights to vary the rearing period. The study was aimed at to assess broiler performance (growth and meat yield) altered by KCl supplementation in drinking water in a hot and humid summer. KCl had no effect (p>0.05) on growth and meat yield characteristics of broilers except feed conversion (p<0.05) at different target weights. In most of the growth and meat yield parameters, KCl had no interactions (p>0.05) with target weights. However, 0.4% KCl level slightly improved feed intake, growth rate and performance index. Increasing level of KCl tended to increase most of the major meat yield characteristics. On the basis of results of this study, it may be concluded that, supplementation of KCl in drinking water in summer improved the feed conversion of broilers. However, further experiments using several doses of KCl may be conducted to confirm the appropriate doses of supplementation.

Asian J. Med. Biol. Res. June 2015, 1(1): 103-108

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Rezwan Ahmed Rahi, Department of Poultry Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202


Published
2015-11-04
How to Cite
Rahi, R., Afrin, S., Howlider, M. A., & Ali, M. S. (2015). Response of broiler to supplementation of potassium chloride during summer. Asian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 1(1), 103-108. https://doi.org/10.3329/ajmbr.v1i1.25505
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