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Feed Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Rock Partridges (A. graeca) in Intensive Conditions

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Author(s): Gokce Ozdemir | Fikret Esen

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 5;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 356;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Rock partridge | intensive | feed performance | carcass

ABSTRACT
This study was made in order to determine the feed performance, slaughtering and carcass characteristics of rock partridges (A. graeca) in intensive breeding conditions.In the study, 317 partridges were used to determine the feed performance and 50 partridges were used to determine the slaughtering and carcass properties. 182 chicks were placed in the ground system (1098 cm /partridge) while 135 chicks were placed in the cage system (1060 cm /partridge) in order to determine the effects of intensive breeding methods on feed performance, slaughtering and carcass characteristics. Chick growing feed was used until 16.th week to feed the partridges and then egg-laying chicken feed was used in order to feed the female partridges. Feeding was made ad libitum during the study. Average animal weight increase between week 4 and week 16 in ground and cage groups were found as 332.96 and 342.48 g and between week 16 and week 32 as 54.64 and 34,44 g, respectively. Feed consumption of ground and cage groups between week 4 and 16 were found as 1706.78 and 1698.19 g; benefiting from feed ratios were found as 5.12 and 4.95; feed consumption of ground and cage groups between week 16 and week 32 were found as 352.75 and 334.34 g; benefiting from feed ratios were found as 6.45 and 9.70. Carcass efficiencies were found, respectively in ground and cage groups as 71.88 and 72.85%; leg ratios as 40.37% and 41.66 (p
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