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The maintenance requirement of domestic drakes

Cherry, P. and Morris, T. R. (2005) The maintenance requirement of domestic drakes. British Poultry Science, 46 (6). pp. 725-727. ISSN 0007-1668

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1. Mature domestic drakes of 7 genotypes, ranging in live weight from 1.1to 5.1 kg, were each given a daily allowance of feed just below the level of recorded ad libitum intake. 2. House temperature was maintained at 26 degrees C for 16 weeks and then at 10 degrees C for a further 8 weeks. 3. Under these conditions, live weight quickly adjusted to the level of feed supplied and then remained stable. 4. Regression of metabolisable energy intake on live weight (W) yielded estimates of maintenance requirement of 583 kJ/kg W-0.75 center dot d at 10 degrees C and 523 kJ/kg W-0.75 center dot d at 26 degrees C.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8398
Uncontrolled Keywords:FOOD-INTAKE

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