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The apparent metabolizable energy requirement of male Korean native ducklings from hatch to 21 days of age

Wickramasuriya, S.S., Yoo, J., Kim, J.C. and Heo, J.M. (2015) The apparent metabolizable energy requirement of male Korean native ducklings from hatch to 21 days of age. Poultry Science, 95 (1). pp. 77-83.

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Abstract

A study was conducted to determine the apparent metabolizable energy (AME) requirement of Korean native ducklings for hatch to 21 d of age. A total of 336 one-day-old male Korean native ducklings were used in a completely randomized design having 8 dietary treatments to provide a range of AME content from 2,600 to 3,300 kcal/kg (i.e., 100 kcal/kg disparity). Eight experimental diets containing varying levels of AME were formulated to meet the NRC (1994) nutrient specifications. Ducklings were randomly allocated to 48 pens (6 replicates per treatment and 7 ducklings per pen) and were offered their respective diets on an ad libitum basis for the period of study. Body weight and feed intake were measured weekly to calculate feed conversion ratio, energy intake, and protein intake. Two ducklings per pen (n = 6) were euthanized via cervical dislocation to weigh empty body and drumsticks at the conclusion of the experiment. Data were fitted to both linear-plateau and quadratic-plateau models for estimation of the AME requirements for Korean native ducklings for hatch to 21 d of age. The estimated AME requirements were 2,953, 3,007, and 2,950 kcal AME/kg diet for maximum daily gain, daily feed intake, and for minimum feed conversion ratio, respectively.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: © 2015 Poultry Science Association Inc.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/38072
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