© Global Journal Of Pure And Applied Sciences . 2009. Vol. 15 No. 2
Publisher: Bachudo Science Co. Ltd
Effect of Dietary Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) Supplementation On Performance and Physiological Response In Cockerels
A. O. Adeyina, G. O. Gbenle, M. Oyewole, A. Annongu
KEYWORDS: cockerels, HCL, pH, performance, physiological response.
ABSTRACT:Concentrated HCl of 11.6 molar concentrations was supplemented in cockrel feed at 0.0 (control) 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.00m1/kg feed in a 28 day experiment. The chicks were slaughtered on day 30, performance characteristic and physiological indices were investigated. There was no significant difference (p>0.05) between control and HCl treatment for feed intake, crude protein intake and feed: gain ratio. Significant difference (p<0.05) was observed between control and HCl treatment for water intake and daily weight gain. There was significant increase (p<0.05) in organ temperature with increase in HCl supplementation. However, organ pH and invivo protein content in crop and gizzard significantly decreased (p<0.05) in HCl supplementation. The result of this trial showed that HCl has the potential for improving feed utilization in cockerels.
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