Evaluation of dietary supplementary betaine hydrochloride on growth in broilers
D Desinguraja, K Shyama and Ally K
This study was conducted to investigate the effect of dietary supplementation of betaine hydrochloride (betaine HCl) on growth in broiler chicken. The study was carried out for a period of six weeks in Vencobb 400 broiler chicks. One hundred – and – ninety two, ay-old commercial broiler chicks wereallotted to four groups, with four replications of 12 chicks each, randomly. The four groups were allotted to four dietary regimes and each replicate was randomly assigned to one of the four dietary treatments in this study. The experimental feed was formulated according to BIS-1992 specifications and to the control ration (T1), feed grade betaine HCl at 250, 500, 750 ppm was added respectively to form different rations T2, T3 and T4 for different treatment groups. Results indicated significant (P<0.01) effect of betaine HCl supplementation on weekly body weight, weekly body weight gain, and cumulative FCR. There was no significant difference (P>0.05) for cumulative feed intake of birds on 42nd day. It is concluded that effect of betaine HCl was found to have significant effect in increasing body weight in broilers.