Do broiler chicks possess enough growth potential to compensate long-term feed and water depravation during the neonatal period?
Published on: 07/07/2020
Author/s : F. Abed 1, A. Karimi 1, Gh. Sadeghi 1, M. Shivazad 2, S. Dashti 1, A. Sadeghi-Sefidmazgi 3. / 1 Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj, 66177-14381, Kurdistan, Iran; 2 Department of Animal Science, University of Tehran, Karaj, Tehran, Iran; 3 Department of Animal Science, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, 84156, Iran.
Body weight gains of broiler chickens have been improved substantially during the last decades. Consequently, modern broiler chicks are able to increase their weight approximately 50 fold within 40 days of hatching (Noy & Sklan, 1998; Sklan, 2003). It has been shown that relying solely on residual yolk as a nutrient source in the first 24 - 72 h would appear to waste valuable res...