Effect of feeding time in early age on growth performance in Chinese geese goslings
Chih-Chang Hsiao, Kuo-Chin Wu, and Yu-Shine Jea
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of feeding time in early age on growth performance in Chinese geese goslings. Two hundred and forty of one day-old Chinese geese goslings were divided into four treatments and each treatment included four replicates. The goslings of four treatments were first fed at 0, 3, 6 or 24 hours post-hatch, respectively. Feed and water were supplied ad libitum during 0-2 weeks. The results indicated that feeding time in early age affected the growth performance in goslings in brown Chinese geese but not in white Chinese geese. Daily body weight gain, average body weight gain and food efficiency of 1-2 week-old gosling first fed during at 0, 3 and 6h post-hatch were significantly heavier and better than that at 24h post-hatch (P < 0.05). Therefore, the results showed goslings fed within 6h post-hatch could improve their growth performance.
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