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Supplementation of Feed Grade Sodium Bisulfate in Broiler Diets Improves Feed Efficiency

Author(s): C.A. Ruiz- Feria | E. Larrison | M. Davis | M. Farnell | J. Carey | J.L. Grimes | J. Pitts

Journal: International Journal of Poultry Science
ISSN 1682-8356

Volume: 10;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 670;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Broiler | sodium bisulfate | productive performance | Salmonella

The effects of Sodium Bisulfate (SB) supplementation on growth, intestinal integrity, blood gas chemistry and litter microbiology of broiler chickens were evaluated. Birds were fed a corn-soybean meal diet meeting all of the NRC (1994) requirements. In Exp. 1 birds were fed diets supplemented with 0 (control diet, CTL), 0.25, 0.5, or 0.75% (w/w) of feed-grade SB (SB25, SB50 and SB75, respectively); in Exp. 2 and 3 only the CTL, SB25 and SB75 diets were evaluated. In Exp. 4 the chicks (n = 920) were placed in 20 pens and fed the CTL diet, or the SB25 diet offered during the first 21, 35, or 49 d (21D, 35D and 49D, respectively); the CTL diet was offered until the end of experiment (d 49) for treatments 21D and 35D. The data was analyzed as a two way ANOVA (diet and gender as main effects). In Exp. 1 birds fed diets with SB had lower FC than birds fed the CTL diet, but BW was not different among treatments. In Exp. 2 females fed the SB25 diet were heavier (p
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