POULTRY SCIENCE, cilt.81, ss.227-230, 2002 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
The growth-promoting effect of Farmagulator DRY(TM) Humate (FH) on live performance, carcass weight, and the abdominal fat pad of broilers was studied during different feeding periods. Four hundred, 1-d-old straight-run birds were randomly distributed to 20 floor pens of an environmentally controlled house. Four dietary regimens were replicated in five pens, each containing 20 chicks, as follows: 1) birds received no added FH in the starter or grower (NAFH), 2) birds received FH from 0 to 21 d (FH0-21), 3) birds received FH from 22 to 42 d (FH22-42), 4) birds received FH from 0 to 42 d (FH0-42) in the starter and grower diets, respectively. The FH was added to the diets at 2.5 kg/per ton of feed. Starter and grower diets were formulated to meet the minimum NRC requirements for broilers and were provided as a mash feed. Body weights at 21 d were not affected by the dietary regimens. At 42 d, body weights and feed conversions of broilers were significantly affected by the dietary humate treatments. Birds fed FH22-42 weighed more than the NAFH, whereas the FH0-21 and FH0-42 were intermediate and not different from the other treatments. Feed:gain was lower for the FH22-42 and FH0-42 treatments compared to the NAFH. There was no difference in carcass yield or abdominal fat pad percentages due to feeding FH. Feeding FH during the grower period had the most beneficial effect in terms of growth and feed conversion on broiler performance.