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Effect of an Early Nutritional Supplement on Broiler Performance

Author(s): S.N. Henderson | J.L. Vicente | C.M. Pixley | B.M. Hargis | G. Tellez

Journal: International Journal of Poultry Science
ISSN 1682-8356

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 211;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Early feeding | supplement | simulated shipping | delayed feeding

Chicks are commonly held for up to 72 h from the time of actual hatch to placement under commercial industry practices. Delaying access to feed and water has been documented to increase susceptibility to pathogens and weight loss, leading to poorly starting flocks with reduced weight gains. Seven experiments were conducted to compare the use of EarlyBird™ (EB; Sigrah-Zellet, LLC.) to no supplementation (NS) in chick boxes when chicks were held for a 24 h simulated shipping period. In each experiment, broilers were obtained from a commercial hatchery, neck tagged, individually weighed, and randomly placed in boxes of 100 chicks. Treated chicks received 2 g/chick of EB. Following 24 h, chicks were individually weighed and placed with feed and water ad libitum. In all experiments, chicks that received EB during simulated shipping experienced significantly less body weight loss during the 24 holding period (p
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