Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the performance of broilers from 1 to 21 days of age fed diets based on the concept of crude protein and ideal protein. In experiment one, four hundred one-day Cobb male birds, were allocated in experimental design involving 2 treatments (crude protein and ideal protein) with 5 replications of 40 broilers each. In experiment two, 800 birds were used, 400 males and 400 females, in factorial arrangement 2x2 (2 concept - crude protein and ideal protein and 2 sex) with 4 treatments with 5 replications of 40 broilers each. The digestible amino acid and total amino acid recommendations were based on DEGUSSA (1997). Data from performance (weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion) were collected. Broilers fed diet based on ideal protein showed greater weight gain and feed intake in experiment 1.In experiment 2 broilers fed diet based on ideal protein showed better weight gain and feed conversion, but feed intake was not affected. The results showed that broilers fed diet based on ideal protein showed better performance.
broilers; feeding programs; ideal protein; performance