Protein and energy requirements for starting and finishing broiler guineafowl (Numida meleagris) in the tropics

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  • L Nnabenyi Agwunobi,

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    1. Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
    • Federal College of Agriculture, National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, PMB 7008, Umuahia, Imo State, Nigeria
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  • Thomas E Ekpenyong

    1. Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
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Abstract

Two experiments were conducted to determine the optimum protein and energy levels for starting and finishing guineafowls. Eighty one-day-old guinea-fowl keets were tested in groups of 20 on four starter rations (made up of four protein contents 28, 26, 24, and 22% (w/w) with corresponding energy levels 13.8, 13.4, 13.0, and 12.6MJ kg−1 diet), for a period of 6 weeks and later changed to four finisher rations. The finisher rations were made up of four protein levels (24, 20, 16 and 12% w/w) and four corresponding energy levels (12.6, 12.2, 11.7, 11.3MJ kg−1 diet). These were fed from 7 to 12 weeks.

The result of this study indicated that the optimum protein and energy levels for starting guineafowl in the tropics were 22% (w/w) crude protein and 12.6 MJ kg−1 ME diet while that of finishing guineafowl 16% (w/w) crude protein and 11.7MJ kg−1 ME diet.

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