Brewer's Grain from Cameroon Brewery in Breeder Chicken Rations : Effect on Productive and Reproductive Performance

Tropicultura. 2001;19(2):61-64


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Journal Title: Tropicultura

ISSN: 0771-3312 (Print); 2295-8010 (Online)


LCC Subject Category: Agriculture

Country of publisher: Belgium

Language of fulltext: English, Spanish, Dutch, French

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Mafeni, MJ.
Fombad, R.


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Time From Submission to Publication: 52 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

In order to evaluate the effect of brewer's dried grain (BDG) on the productive and reproductive traits in breeder chickens, 120 laying hens and 12 cocks of ISA commercial breed were subjected to dietary treatments containing 0, 10, 20, and 30 % levels of BDG. Feed and water were provided ad libitum over the 5-months experimental period. Reproductive and productive traits such as egg production, egg weight, albumen height, shell weight, semen quantity fertility and hatchability of fertile eggs were measured. Results indicated that when BDG was fed at the 30 % level in the ration, the hen-day egg production (50.6 %) was significantly (P <0.05) depressed compared with the 0 % level (56.2 %), 10 % level (56.9 %) and 20 % level (56.7 %>) of inclusion. There was a significant (P <0.05) increase in egg weight, hatchability of fertile eggs and feed intake per bird per day with increasing levels of BDG. No significant difference (P> 0.05) was noticed between treatments for ratio of shell weight to egg weight, albumen height, semen quantity and fertility. The results suggest that although the 30 % level of BDG can be tolerated, the 20 %, level of BDG inclusion is more appropriate for breeder birds.