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Nigerian Journal of Animal Production

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A comparison of wet mash and dry mash feeding for broiler finisher during wet season in the tropics

HA Awojobi, OO Meshioye

Abstract


An experiment was conducted to compare wet mash and conventional dry mash feeding for finisher broilers. Feed intake, live-weight gain, feed efficiency and weights of heart, crop, and abdominal fat deposit were significantly (P<0.05) higher in broilers receiving the wet mash. Water intake and gizzard weight were significantly (P<0.05) higher in birds fed dry mash. No significant (P<0.05) differences were observed in dressing percentage, weights of liver, intestine and the proventriculus. The results of this experiment demonstrated that wet feeding is not deleterious to the performance of broilers in the tropics. It also concluded that wet feeding is desirable not under hot weather conditions alone, but also during the rainy season.

Keywords: Wet mash, Performance, Broiler weights.




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