Metabolizable Energy Levels for Free-Range Broiler Chickens

Luanna Lopes Paiva Copat, Karina Marcia Ribeiro de Souza Nascimento, Charles Kiefer, Patrícia Rodrigues Berno, Henrique Barbosa de Freitas, Thiago Rodrigues da Silva, Natália Ramos Batista Chaves, Melissa Amin, Patrícia Gomes Santana, Nadine Godoy de Oliveira

Abstract


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dietary metabolizable energy levels on the performance and carcass yield of free-range broiler chickens from 1 to 84 days of age. A total of 900 male day-old naked neck lineage chicks were distributed in a completely randomized design between six levels of metabolizable energy (2,700; 2,800; 2,900; 3,000; 3,100 and 3,200 kcal.kg-1 diet) with six replications of 25 birds each. The increase in levels of dietary metabolizable energy resulted in a linear reduction of the feed intake, crude protein and digestible lysine intakes, as well as in the protein body deposition and protein efficiency and linear improvements in the feed conversion ratio of chickens in all experimental phases. The carcass yield, wing and abdominal fat weight and percentage of abdominal fat reduced linearly by increasing the level of dietary metabolizable energy. The diet including 2700 kcal.kg-1 of metabolizable energy in the diet of free-range broiler chickens in phases 1 to 28, 28 and 56 and 57 to 84 days of age does not interfere in the broilers performance and results in a better carcass yield in the final period of production.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jas.v8i3.16666

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