Turkey feeding regimes with different ages of introduction of a choice of foods

P. J. Cowan*, W. Michie

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An experiment was carried out to investigate five feeding regimes for the turkey which involve introducing a choice of wheat grain and a higher-protein food at 1, 14, 28, 56 and 77 days of age. Broken wheat grains were used from days 1 to 14, and whole grains thereafter. Protein intakes per bird, calculated from standard tables of feed composition, were 39.1, 43.0, 41.8, 35.5 and 36.0 g/day, respectively, from 14 to 98 days. Further groups of birds on a complete diet regime consumed a significantly lower 33.3 g/day. Only two comparisons were significantly different for body weight at 98 days: birds which received the choice at 14 days had a significantly higher weight (5.7 kg/bird) than those which received the choice at 56 days (5.5 kg) and than those on the complete diet regime (5.5 kg). Presentation of the wheat and higher-protein food during the period of protein over-consumption, according to a fixed ratio schedule, might reduce protein intake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-132
Number of pages8
JournalAnimal Feed Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPrint publication - Sept 1979


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