Utilizing vermicast as supplementary feeds for growing native chicken (45-75 days old) under semi-intensive system at WVSU-Calinog Campus.

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Author: Huervana, Jonnie F., Huervana, Liwayway P.

Accession Number: URDC00042

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Copyright Year: 2015

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The purpose of the research wss to find out the growth performance and survival rate of Native Darag chicken raised under semi-intensive production system fed with vermicast as supplementary feed materials in their daily feed rations of birds. The study was conducted in WVSU-Calinog Campus, Calinog, Iloilo on September 15 to October 15, 2014. This study did trials on the effect of vermicast on poultry specifically on Darag Chicken. The experimental method of research was used in the study assigned in Randomized Complete Block Design. There were 80 birds used as experimental animals assigned randomly in the designated cages constructed for the purpose. Each treatment had 20 birds with 5 birds per replicate. Treatment A-control fed with commercial feed only, Treatment B- fed with 5% vermin-cast, Treatment C-fed with 10% vermin-cast and Treatment D-fed with 15% vermin-cast. Treatments B, C and D were added and mixed to commercial feeds and then fed to birds daily. The results of the study revealed that supplementing vermicast to Native Darag chicken during 30 days of growing period did not show any significant results on the final live- weight, gain in weight and feed conversion ratio of birds. It implies that feeding additional vermin-cast added and mixed to commercial mash did not significantly affect the growth performance of birds. Hence in the production of Darag Chicken, there is no need of adding vermicast to commercial feeds.


Keywords: Native chicken, Vermicast as supplementary feeds

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