Growth performance and uniformity of commercial brown layer chicks

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  • S Haider Scientific Officer, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka
  • SD Chowdhury Professor, Department of Poultry Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjas.v39i1-2.9691

Keywords:

Growth, Uniformity, Commercial brown layer

Abstract

Growth performance of commercial brown layer chicks (Shaver 579; n = 408) was studied in an open-sided house by feeding layer starter and layer grower diets during 0-17 weeks of age. The experimental period was divided into three phases: Phase I (0-4 weeks), Phase II (5-7 weeks) and Phase III (8-17 weeks). Both growth and feed consumption closely followed the standard data except during 10, 11, 12 weeks of age when the birds had to face some stresses. The target body weight was 1.4 kg which was achieved at proper age (17 weeks) by consuming feed almost similar to standard amount. Compensatory growth of chicks occurred during the later stage of growing period. The flock uniformity was 80% at 17 weeks. Livability of chicks was found to be excellent (99.3%) during the experimental period (0-17 weeks). It is suggested that despite some stresses, commercial brown layer chicks may achieve body weight and uniformity close to breeder’s standards when reared in an open-sided house.

Key words: Growth; Uniformity; Commercial brown layer

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/bjas.v39i1-2.9691

Bang. J. Anim. Sci. 2010, 39(1&2): 170-175

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Haider, S., & Chowdhury, S. (2012). Growth performance and uniformity of commercial brown layer chicks. Bangladesh Journal of Animal Science, 39(1-2), 170–175. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjas.v39i1-2.9691

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