Vol. 5, Issue 4 (2017)
Chemical composition of Azolla (Azolla pinnata) and their exploring effects on the production performance of broilers
Author(s): PN Shinde, NN Prasade, Shalu Kumar, BG Desai, JS Dhekale, VS Dandekar, RG Burte and DJ Bhgat
Abstract: An experiment was conducted at Poultry unit, Dept. of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Science, Dr. B.S. Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth Dapoli, Maharashtra to assess the chemical composition of Azolla pinnata and their effect on the performance of broilers. A total 120 chicks (144) were reared together until 9 days of age in brooding stage. On 10th day, the chicks were weighed individually and distributed randomly into four dietary groups with five replications and each replication have six chicks. A control diet (T0) containing 0.0 % Azolla and three experimental diets in which Azolla was partially (5%; T1), (10%; T2) and T3 replaced (15%) by Azolla (Azolla pinnata) were prepared. An average body weight of 2344.20, 2507.37, 2285.50 and 2244.03 g was found in groups T0, T1, T2 and T3 respectively at the end of 6th week. The feed conversion ratio significantly superior found T1 (1.70) followed by T0 (1.81), T2 (1.82) and T3 (1.84), respectively. Supplementation of Azolla at the rate of 5% for 42 days showed the significant increase (P<0.05) in dressing percentage. There was no adverse effect on the performance of broiler chicken when 5% of broiler diet was replaced with Azolla. Hence, net profit per bird was maximum achieved in T1 (Rs.61.91) followed by T3 (Rs. 51.54), T2 (Rs. 49.58) and T0 (Rs. 47.09), respectively. The study concluded that supplementation of Azolla meal at the rate of 5 % in broiler diet for 42 days increased body weight gain and meat quality. Therefore, it can be used as a poultry feed to reduce feed cost and profitable broiler farming.
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PN Shinde, NN Prasade, Shalu Kumar, BG Desai, JS Dhekale, VS Dandekar, RG Burte, DJ Bhgat. Chemical composition of Azolla (Azolla pinnata) and their exploring effects on the production performance of broilers. Int J Chem Stud 2017;5(4):858-862.