EXST7015 Daily Design 10 Carefully read the description of the experiment below. Be prepared to answer the questions that follow the design description as a class quiz. A 35-day feeding trial with Hubbard broilers (i.e. chickens) was carried out to evaluate the performance, nutrient utilization and organ characteristics of broilers fed Microdesmis puberula leaf meal at dietary levels of 0, 10 and 15%, respectively. Microdesmis puberula is a browse plant indigenous to Nigeria that is preferred by some ruminants, especially goats. The current study examines its suitability as a feed supplement for chickens. One hundred and eighty, 5-week-old Hubbard broiler chicks were randomly assigned to 6 m × 8 m cages with 20 birds per cage. Each of the three diets was randomly assigned to 3 cages, giving a total of 60 birds in 3 cages receiving each diet. Feed and water were provided ad libitum . Feed intake was recorded daily and the birds were weighed weekly. Other routine poultry management procedures were maintained. The feeding trial lasted 35 days.
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2011 for the course EXST 7015 taught by Professor Wang,j during the Fall '08 term at LSU.