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Performance and range use of organic broilers with access to different vegetation in outdoor areas

Hellwing, A.L.F.; Petersen, J.S. and Steenfeldt, S. (2017) Performance and range use of organic broilers with access to different vegetation in outdoor areas. In: Francesch, M.; Torralardona, D. and Brufau, J (Eds.) Proceedings of the 21st European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition, Wageningen Academic Publishers.

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Outdoor range areas are an important part of the organic broiler production, and the question is how to make this area as attractive for the broilers as possible. The aim of the study was to investigate the influence­ of vegetation in outdoor range areas on performance, crop and gizzard content and range use of organic broilers. The experiment was performed on an organic form in the summer of 2015 and 2016. The outdoor range was a grass field (F) or grass field combined with a plantation (GP). There were two replicates for each type of outdoor range. Eight hundred broilers were allocated to each rep I icete. Feed intake were registered daily. In 2015, 80 broilers from each replicate were weighed at 7, 14, 28, 42, 56, 70 and 84 days ofoge, and in 20 I 6 at 28, 56 and 70 days of age. The range use was observed three times in 2015 and two times in 2016. Crop end gizzard content and composition were investigated in 12 weeks old broilers in 2015. From each range area, 2 male and 2 female broilers were killed in the morning end in the afiernoon. The average daily gain was 40.8 and 39.3 g for GP and F, respectively in 2015 for the whole growth period, and 41.9 and 40.7 g for GP end Fin 2016. The differences were statistically significant in 2015 but not in 2016. Feed intake was 125 and 133 g/day on GP and F, respectively in 2015, but feed intake per chicken or feed efficiency were not statistically different for the two types of range areas in 2015. The crop contained more material in broilers from GP than F, which was not the case for gizzard content However, the results for crop content should be interpreted with care as outdoor range, sex, and time of day interaction were observed. The crop contained mainly feed and the gizzard mainly grass. It was observed that broilers on F remained more inside the chicken house than on GP, and broilers on GP were most ofien observed to stay in the area covered with trees.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Other
Keywords:Broilers, outdoors areas
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: Denmark > Organic RDD 2 > MultiChick
Related Links:http://icrofs.dk/forskning/dansk-forskning/organic-rdd-2/multichick/
Deposited By: Lindemann, Mine
ID Code:36665
Deposited On:07 Nov 2019 09:14
Last Modified:07 Nov 2019 09:14
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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