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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 1)
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Performance Characteristics and Prediction of Bodyweight using Linear Body Measurements in Four Strains of Broiler Chicken

I. Udeh, J.O. Isikwenu and G. Ukughere
Corresponding Author:  I. Udeh 

Key words:  Bodyweight, broilers, linear measurements, prediction equations, , ,
Vol. 3 , (1): 44-46
Submitted Accepted Published
2010 September, 13 2010 October, 14 2011 February, 05

The objectives of this study were to compare the performance characteristics of four strains of broiler chicken from 2 to 8 weeks of age and predict body weight of the broilers using linear body measurements. The four strains of broiler chicken used were Anak, Arbor Acre, Ross and Marshall. The parameters recorded were bodyweight, weight gain, total feed intake, feed conversion ratio, mortality and some linear body measurements (body length, body width, breast width, drumstick length, shank length, thigh length and wing length). Prediction equations relating body weight to linear body measurements at 2 and 8 weeks of age were established for the four strains of broilers using multiple regression method. The results indicated similarity in bod y weight at 8 weeks, weight gain and feed conversion ratio among Anak, Arbor Acre and Ross broilers. They were however, significantly (p<0.01) superior to Marshal in all these traits. The regression analysis were highly significant (p<0.001) for the two age periods and in all the strains. The coefficient of multiple determinants (R2) were more than 50% in most of the groups indicating that the prediction equations obtained in this study co uld be used to predict body weight of broilers.
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I. Udeh, J.O. Isikwenu and G. Ukughere, 2011. Performance Characteristics and Prediction of Bodyweight using Linear Body Measurements in Four Strains of Broiler Chicken.  International Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 3(1): 44-46.
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