The experiment was conducted to measure the effects of feeding pelleted diets to utility pigeons kept in cages containing different protein and energy levels. Traits studied were: egg production, egg weight, hatchability of eggs laid, mortality of breeding pairs, growth of squabs till weaning, feed intake. 30 breeding pairs per treatment were kept in pairs in a specially designed three tier cage system, in a windowless environmentally controlled house at a constant 12 hour light period throughout the year. The test period was 12 months. Different protein and energy levels failed to affect the length of egg cycle, annual egg production, egg weight, hatchability of eggs laid and mortality of squabs. Increasing CP: ME ratio of diets increased significantly (P < 0.05) the weaning weight of squabs. Feed intake in the low protein group was reduced by energy content of feed. Feed conversion ratio of squabs however decreased with the increase of CP : ME ratio of the diet.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Archiv fur Geflugelkunde|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Animals
- Animal Science and Zoology