Effect of Magnetized Water on Growth Performance of Broiler Chickens
The study was conducted to determine the effect of Magnetized Water (MW) on Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) and growth rate of Broiler Chickens (BC). There is a need for improved broiler production in Nigeria to meet the high demand for animal protein. BC(Arbor Acre) was provided MW and the effect monitored for 7 weeks. The magnetic water treatment unit (20 by 60 mm rectangular pipe and 960 mm long) comprises 12 pieces of 10×25×50 mm neodymium magnet rated 1.5 Tesla. MW treated for 33s with single flow through the magnetic treatment unit (T1), MW treated for 66s which flows twice (T2), T3 was magnetized water treated for 99 s and control was the Non-Magnetized Water (NMW as T0). A total of 80 broiler chickens (day old), 20 for each treatment were given T1, T2, T3 and T0. The mean body weight of BC from 1st - 7th week for T1 were 250, 603, 1000, 1320, 1800, 2200 and 2384g/broiler, T2 were 250, 585, 925, 1287, 1740, 2050 and 2220 g/broiler and T3 were 210, 585,875, 1188, 1704, 2000 and 2145 g/broiler, respectively. Corresponding mean body weights for T0 were 200, 495, 800, 1122, 1440, 1805 and 2040 g/broiler. T1 had the highest body weight with an increment of 16.86-25.00% and the effect was significant at α ≤ 0.025. T1 had the best FCR with reduction in feed intake of 16.85-25.00%. MW increased the growth rate of broiler and is recommended for producing broiler for high income from poultry farming.
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