Studies on the energy content of pigeon feeds II. Determination of the incorporated energy

S. Fekete, I. Meleg, I. Hullar, L. Zoldag

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The effect of breed and sex on adult body composition of four pigeon breeds: Texan (TEX), Mondain (MON), Szeged Tumbler (SZT), and homing (HOM) and on the digestibility coefficients (DC) and metabolizable energy (ME) content of their feeds was studied. A total of eight groups, each comprising five males and five females of each breed, were used. All birds were fed the same pelleted pigeon feed (17.27% CP) ad libitum. After the metabolic study, the whole body was analyzed for dry matter (DM), ash, CP, and ether extract (EE) contents. The DC of DM, TEX, MON, and HOM pigeons did not differ significantly, whereas DC for the SZT breed were consistently lower. In the majority of cases, the DC values obtained for males were higher, irrespective of the breed. The body composition of the two sexes was first compared within a given breed, and no major differences were detected. Interbreed differences were greater. The DM content of the body of HOM pigeons exceeded that of the other three breeds for both sexes. For ash and CP content of the body, the reverse was found, i.e., the values of both parameters were lower in HOM pigeons. The HOM pigeons had significantly (P <0.05) higher body fat (EE) content as compared with the other three breeds except TEX females. The NFE value for HOM also tend to be higher than in the other three breeds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1763-1767
Number of pages5
JournalPoultry Science
Volume78
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999

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Studies on the energy content of pigeon feeds II. Determination of the incorporated energy. / Fekete, S.; Meleg, I.; Hullar, I.; Zoldag, L.

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Fekete, S, Meleg, I, Hullar, I & Zoldag, L 1999, 'Studies on the energy content of pigeon feeds II. Determination of the incorporated energy', Poultry Science, vol. 78, no. 12, pp. 1763-1767.
Fekete, S. ; Meleg, I. ; Hullar, I. ; Zoldag, L. / Studies on the energy content of pigeon feeds II. Determination of the incorporated energy. In: Poultry Science. 1999 ; Vol. 78, No. 12. pp. 1763-1767.
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