Performance and carcass characteristics of starter broiler chicks fed high fiber rice milling waste diets
One hundred and twenty (120) one week old unsexed Cobb starter broiler chicks were randomly allotted to five experimental treatment diets of 24 birds each in a completely randomize design. The birds were divided into three replicates of 8 birds each, and were offered experimental diets
contained 0.0, 5.0, 10.0, 15.0 and 20.0% rice milling waste substitutions of corresponding levels of maize grain for three weeks. Body weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion and carcass characteristics were used as criteria of response. Rice milling waste at 10% inclusion level significantly (p<0.05) improved daily feed intake, body length and leg length. Higher levels of rice
milling waste intake had no significant (p>0.05) influence on the feed conversion ratio, daily weight gain, wing length and body height.
Keywords: Broiler starter, rice milling waste, maize grain, performance, carcass characteristics