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Effect of Thermal Conditioning on the Production Performance of different Strains of Chicken

Omprakash A.V; Tirumurugaan K.G.

An experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of different thermal conditioning on the production performances of Aseel, Nandanam Broiler – 3, Nandanam Chicken – 4 and Nacked Neck. A total of 360 chicken (90 chicken from each strain) were randomly assigned in to three treatment with three replicates and each replicate contain 30 chicks. The first treatment served as a control group where birds reared under ambient temperature, birds in second treatment were exposed to heat stress at 37oC for 4 hours and birds in third treatment were exposed to 39oC for 2 hours from day old to 14 days and 29 to 42 days of age, apart from exposure period birds were reared at ambient temperature. The results showed a significantly (P

Key words: Thermal conditioning;Body weight;Weight gain;Feed consumption;Feed efficiency and compensatory growth

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