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Ciência e Agrotecnologia
Print version ISSN 1413-7054
DRUMMOND, Cristina Delarete et al. Testicular index and histology in breeder broilers of the lineage Avian Farm submitted to the feed restriction. Ciênc. agrotec. [online]. 2004, vol.28, n.6, pp. 1408-1414. ISSN 1413-7054. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-70542004000600025.
In breeder broilers the feed restriction is used to limit the gain of corporal weight and to optimize the reproductive performance. It is necessary to moderate the rate of precocious growth through programs of feed restriction. This work had as objective to evaluate the effect of the use of the feed restriction on the testicular index and histology in breeder broilers males. They were evaluated the following treatments: control; 6 days of feeding and 1 day without feeding (6:1); and 5 days of feeding and 2 day without feeding (5:2). 36 animals of the lineage Avian Farm were used being evaluated the corporal weight, the testicular weight, the testicular index and histology testicular evaluation of 6 animals for treatment to the 54 and 121 days of age. A factorial structure 2x3 (age x feed restriction) was used for test the effects of treatments. Significant differences were not observed (P>0.05), for the analyzed variables, among the treatments to the age of 54 days. The testicular weight and the testicular index were smaller (P<0,05), in the animals that received the treatment 5:2, to the 121 days old. In this age, the broilers of the treatment 6:1 shown increase (P <0,01) in diameter of the seminal tube and larger spermatids number (P <0,01). The feed restriction 6:1 in broiler breeder males of the lineage Avian Farm shown bether testicular growth with larger production of the spermatogenesis.
Keywords : Feed restriction; broiler breeder males; testicular development.