Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia
On-line version ISSN 1806-9290
VASCONCELLOS, Carlos Henrique de Figueiredo et al. Reduction of dietary protein on performance and carcass of broiler chickens from 1 to 21 days of age. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2012, vol.41, n.3, pp. 662-667. ISSN 1806-9290. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-35982012000300028.
A completely randomized experimental design was carried out to evaluate the crude protein reduction of diets and essential amino acids supplementation effects on performance and body composition of male broiler chickens from one to 21 days of age. A total of seven hundred and twenty broiler chickens were used. Birds were alloted in four treatments and six replicates of thirty birds each. The diets crude protein (CP) levels were 230, 210, 190 and 170 g/kg. There was decreasing linear effect of the CP levels on feed:gain ratio, weight gain, the final weight and feed intake. Carcass fat and carcass dry matter increased linearly with protein reduction.
Keywords : amino acids; feed conversion; protein levels.