Revista Brasileira de Ciência Avícola
Print version ISSN 1516-635X
SILVA, EP da et al. Determination of the chemical composition, amino acid levels and energy values of different poultry offal meals for broilers. Rev. Bras. Cienc. Avic. [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.2, pp.97-107. ISSN 1516-635X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-635X2012000200003.
The aim of this study was to determine the chemical composition, amino acid content and energy values, as well as to quantify the passage rate in the digestive tract of three different poultry offal meals (POM), in two experiments carried out with broilers. In the first experiment, metabolizable energy values were determined (AMEn and TMEn) using the method of total excreta collection. In this experiment, 150 15-d-old male and female broilers were distributed according to a completely randomized experimental design with 5 treatments of 5 replicates of 6 birds each. The following treatments were applied: a reference diet, three test diets consisting of 250 g/kg of the tested ingredient (POM) + 750 g/kg of the reference diet, and one group of birds fasted for excreta collection to determine endogenous and metabolic losses. In the second experiment, POM passage rate results were obtained using 90 26-d-old broilers distributed according a completely randomized design with three treatments of 5 replicates of 6 birds each. POM passage rate was correlated (r = -99.86%) with its EE content. The evaluated POMs presented the following ME values: 16,727; 15,781 and 17,443 MJ AMEn /kg and 17,877; 15,882 and 17,527 MJ TMEn /kg for samples A, B and C, respectively.
Keywords : Alternative feedstuffs; poultry by-products; passage rate.