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Year : 2018, Volume : 53, Issue : 3
First page : ( 305) Last page : ( 311)
Print ISSN : 0019-5529. Online ISSN : 0974-8180. Published online : 2018 December 16.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-8180.2018.00059.4

Effect of supplementing molasses on productive performance, carcass characteristics and hemato-biochemical parameters in broiler

Yasin M.1, Rahman S.1, Islam S.1, Khatun M. M.1, Hossain ME.1,*

1Department of Animal Science and Nutrition, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Khulshi, Chittagong-4225, Bangladesh

*Corresponding Author Email: emrancvasu@yahoo.com

Received:  27  November,  2018; Accepted:  31  December,  2018.

Abstract

One hundred sixty Cobb 500™ unsexed broiler chicks were used in a 28-day trial to study the effects of molasses supplementation on productive performance, carcass characteristics and hemato-biochemical parameters in commercial broiler. Birds were randomly distributed into four dietary treatment groups designated as T0, T1, T2 and T3 and molasses was supplemented at 0, 0.5, 1 and 1.5% of drinking water for the above groups, respectively. Each group was further divided into four replicates having 10 birds per pen. All birds had free access to ad-libitum feed and water. Results indicated that, weekly average live weight increased significantly in 1st2nd and 4th weeks due to supplementation of molasses. Highest (1620.5 g/bird) and lowest (1569.4 g/bird) average live weight was recorded in T3 and T0 groups, respectively at 4th week. Weight gain increased only in 1st (p?0.01) and 3rd (p?0.05) weeks. Maximum (77.8 g/bird/d) and minimum (71.5 g/bird/d) weekly average weight gain was recorded in T3 and T2 groups, respectively at 4th week. Drumstick weight increased (P<0.01) from 4.1 to 4.4% and gizzard weight increased from 2.1 to 2.2% at 4th week as supplementation of molasses increased from 0 to 1.5%. Hemato-biochemical parameters exhibited normal range among different dietary groups (p>0.05) except for total protein which differed in irregular fashion (p?0.01) at 4th week. It was concluded that, molasses in addition to basal diet, at an inclusion level of 1.0% of drinking water improves productive performance and carcass characteristics of commercial broiler without changing hemato-biochemical parameters.

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Keywords

Carcass characteristics, Molasses, Hemato-biochemical parameter, Productive performance.

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