Mineral composition of chicken meat floss produced from broilers fed diets with low energy levels
This study was designed to investigate the mineral composition of floss prepared from broiler chickens fed low energy diets. Three experimental diets comprising three energy levels of 2, 400 (A); 2, 600 (B) and 2, 800 ME Kcal/Kg (C) were formulated and fed to the broiler chickens. The crude protein of the starter and finisher diets were fixed at 24 and 20%, respectively. A total of 270, one-day old Cobb 500 broiler chicks were weighed and randomly allocated to three treatments (A, B and C) of 90 birds per treatment, each treatment having three replications of 30 birds. At the end of eighth week, three birds were randomly taken from each replication for the preparation of meat floss. Triplicate samples of the raw and broiler chicken meat floss were analysed for calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), sodium (Na) and potassium (K). The experiment was laid in a Completely Randomized Design. Raw meat of broiler chicken fed diet containing 2, 800 ME Kcal/Kg had the highest values of Ca (50.72 mg/Kg), Na (48.02 mg/Kg) and K (80.96 mg/Kg). Mineral composition of meat floss from broiler chicken fed diet containing 2, 800 ME Kcal/Kg had the highest value of Na (48.69 mg/Kg) and K (78.81 mg/Kg). It is concluded that the raw meat and floss of broiler chickens fed diet containing 2, 800 ME Kcal/Kg had highest values of Na and K.
Keywords: Broiler chicken, meat floss, diets, energy levels and mineral composition