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Effect of Litter Materials on Broiler Performance and Evaluation of Manureal Value of Used Litter in Late Autumn

  • Monira, K.N. (Poultry Production Research Division, BLRI) ;
  • Islam, M.A. (Poultry Production Research Division, BLRI) ;
  • Alam, M.J. (Department of Animal Science, BAU) ;
  • Wahid, M.A. (Department of Poultry Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University)
  • Received : 2002.03.05
  • Accepted : 2002.07.22
  • Published : 2003.04.01

Abstract

A total of 168 seven days-old Arbor Acres chicks were reared in late-autumn on 4 types of litters; sawdust, rice husk, sugarcane bagasse or wheat straw up to 49 days of age to compare the growth performance, evaluate the manureal value and Coccidial oocyst population in used litter. Sadust, rice husk, sugarcane bagasse and wheat straw did not differ statistically for live weight, feed consumption, feed conversion ratio and survivability (p>0.05). However, live weight and survivability tended to increase on sawdust. The highest moisture content of used litter was found in sugarcane bagasse followed by sawdust, rice husk and wheat straw (p<0.05). Rice husk contained the highest amount of of nitrogen, phosphurus and potassium followed by sawdust, sugarcane bagasse and wheat straw (p<0.01). Oocyst content of all treatment groups increased suddenly up to 5 weeks of age and thereafter suddenly declined up to 7 weeks of age. Litter materials did not differ at 35 and 42 days of age for oocyst content, but significantly differed at 49 days of age (p<0.01). So, the above findings reveal that sawdust may be suitable litter followed by rice husk, sugarcane bagasse and wheat straw in late-autumn in Bangladesh in respect of broiler growth performance.

Keywords

Litter Materials;Broiler;Manure;Oocyst and Season

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