The response of Ross 308 and Hybro broiler chickens to early and late skip-a-day feed restriction

K. Benyi, O. Acheampong-Boateng, D. Norris, M. Mathoho, M. S. Mikasi

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The effects of skip-a-day feeding for 14 days during the starter or grower period or for 28 days during both periods followed by ad libitum feeding to market age on the growth performance of two strains of broiler chickens, Ross 308 and Hybro, were studied over 7 weeks. Ross was superior to Hybro in weight gain, final body weight and feed conversion but consumed more feed. Overall, feed restriction reduced feed intake, weight gain and body weight in all feed - restricted birds. Also, the 14-day feed-restricted birds gained more weight and were heavier than the 28-day restricted ones. Feed restriction neither improved feed conversion nor reduced abdominal fat but decreased mortality rate. Strain {pipe} treatment interaction significantly affected only feed intake. It is suggested that for broiler chicken production in the tropics Ross 308 could be used and feed restricted for 14 days during the starter or grower period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1707-1713
Number of pages7
JournalTropical Animal Health and Production
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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