Growth response and carcass characteristics of broiler chickens on different daily feeding frequency
A total of 99 day old broiler chicks were used in a 56 day trial to determine the growth response and carcass characteristics of broiler Chickens on different daily feeding frequency. They were randomly allotted into three treatment groups (T1, T2, T3). T1 were fed once a day, T2 were fed twice a day while T3 were fed thrice a day. All treatments were fed with the same quality and quantity of feed. Data obtained include; weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion ratio, and carcass traits of the broiler chickens. Results obtained revealed no significant (P>0.05) difference among the growth parameters observed except the final weight. Birds fed twice a day recorded the highest final weight (2295.50g) followed by those fed once a day (2236.30g) and thrice a day (2230.30g) respectively. No significant differences (P>0.05) among dietary treatments were observed on carcass parameters measured except the live weight, drumstick and heart. The live weight of the experimental animals ranged significantly from birds fed once a day (2366.67g) to those fed thrice a day (2783.30g). Birds fed twice a day and thrice a day had similar (P>0.05) drumstick values but significantly (P<0.05) higher than those fed once. Animals fed twice a day (0.58) recorded the highest heart weight followed by those fed once a day (0.45) and thrice a day (0.48) that was statistically similar. Based on the results of this study, it was concluded that birds fed frequently at least twice a day performed better compared with birds fed once a day.
Keywords: Feeding frequency, Performance, Carcass, Broiler Chicken