Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia
On-line version ISSN 1806-9290
SILVA, Eliane Aparecida da et al. Chemical composition and metabolizable energy values of feedstuffs for broiler chickens. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2012, vol.41, n.3, pp. 648-654. ISSN 1806-9290. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-35982012000300026.
The objective of this study was to estimate the values of apparent metabolizable energy and apparent metabolizable energy corrected for nitrogen balance and determine the chemical composition of the following feedstuffs: babassu meal, sunflower meal, corn gluten meal, babassu starch flour, meat and bones meal, beans, millet, cookies residue, pasta residue and bread-making residue. The traditional method of excreta collection was used with broilers in the period of 14 to 24 days of age, which were distributed in a completely randomized design with eleven treatments and six replicates of six birds each. Each feedstuff replaced the reference diet at levels of 30 or 40% depending on the type of feedstuff. Chicks were housed in cages fitted with trays to collect the excreta. The apparent metabolizable energy corrected for nitrogen balance (kcal/kg) on the natural matter of feedstuffs were: babassu meal, 1,116; sunflower meal, 1,607; corn gluten meal, 3,826; babassu flour starch, 1,731; meat and bone flour, 2,524; common beans, 693; millet, 3,046; cookies residue, 3,351; pasta residue, 3,543 and bread-making residue, 3,494.
Keywords : agroindustrial residues; metabolizable energy corrected; nitrogen balance.