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Indian Journal of Animal Nutrition
Year : 2014, Volume : 31, Issue : 4
First page : ( 404) Last page : ( 406)
Print ISSN : 0970-3209. Online ISSN : 2231-6744.

Reproductive Performance of Rabbits Fed on Diets Having Different Concentrate: Roughage Ratios

Bora Arundhati1, Baruah K.K.2, Goswami J.3, Saikia Asish*

Department of Veterinary Physiology, College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara-781022, Guwahati, Assam, India

1Professor, Department of Veterinary Physiology

2Retired Professor & Head, Department of Animal Nutrition

3Professor & Head, Department of Veterinary Physiology

*Corresponding Author: Email: drasishsaikia@gmail.com

Online published on 30 December, 2014.

Abstract

Twenty four does (Soviet Chinchilla × New Zealand white) of average 1.65±0.25 kg body weight were randomly distributed into four groups of six animals each. The animals in group T1 were fed commercial pellet whereas in groups T2, T3 and T4 they were fed commercial pellet and fresh para grass in the ratio of 75: 25, 55: 50 and 25: 75 on DM basis, respectively. Each doe was weighed at weekly interval from birth to 16 days post partum. The conception rates in T2, T3 and T4 were 100, 75 and 66.66%, respectively. The gestation length was similar in all the groups. Both litter weight at birth (228g) and at weaning (1173g) were highest in group T2. The litter size at weaning was 5.00 in T2 followed by T4 (3.40) and T1 (2.89). Average daily gain (g/d) of kids was 6.99, 8.06, 8.64 and 8.13g in T1, T2, T3 and T4 respectively. The survival rate in this study ranged from 62.9 to 97.6%.

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Keywords

Para grass, Pellet ration, Rabbit, Reproductive performance.

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