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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 13, Issue:3, March, 2024

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2024.13(3): 263-268

Influence of Cage Density on the Growth and Mortality Rate of Broiler Chickens (0 to 2 Weeks)
Pedro de Deus1, Celestinho Gonçalves Talo Mali1, Acacio Cardoso Amaral1, Liborio Ximenes1, José Mendes1, Carlito de Araújo Mali Code and Graciano Soares Gomes2*
1Department of Animal Production, Instituto Politécnico de Betano (IPB), Manufahi, Timor-Leste
2Department of Animal Husbandry, Faculty of Agriculture, National University of Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL), Dili, Timor-Leste
*Corresponding author

Broiler chicken products make a great contribution to meeting the needs of protein of animal origin. Annual chicken meat requirement increased because the price is accessible to all levels of society. The objective of this study is to find out the influence of cage density on the performance of broiler chicks in the initial phase with the same type of food. The investigation was carried out at the campus facilities of Instituto Politécnico de Betano (IPB) located at the village of Betano, Administrative Post of Same, Municipality of Manufahi, located in the south of Timor Island, approximately 94 km from the city of Dili. Around 160 broiler chickens were used, divided into four groups, each consisting of 40 chickens, and placed in cages of different sizes. The sizes of the cages are as follows: D1 (1m2), D2 (1.2m2), D3 (1.4m2), D4 (1.6m2). The feed provided was commercial feed with code BR1 during the observation period. The method used was the observation method with the same intensive treatment and measurement of indicators that determine the productive performance of chickens. The variables observed were feed consumption, conversion rate, and average daily weight gain and mortality rate. The results showed that there was no significant difference in the variables observed between cages with different sizes. However, descriptively, the results show that the cage with 1m2 of sizes is better, especially in relation to feed conversion and average daily weight gain of the chickens. This means that the ideal cage size for raising 40 broiler chickens is 1m2, and when using a larger cage can reduce the productive performance of the chickens.

Keywords: Density, cage, broiler chickens, initial phase, performance


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Pedro de Deus, Celestinho Gonçalves Talo Mali, Acacio Cardoso Amaral, Liborio Ximenes, José Mendes, Carlito de Araújo Mali Code and Graciano Soares Gomes. 2024. Influence of Cage Density on the Growth and Mortality Rate of Broiler Chickens (0 to 2 Weeks).Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 13(3): 263-268. doi:
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