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Insect meal in broiler chicken feeding programs: Growth performance and metabolic and physiological responses to black soldier fly meal

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Title: Insect meal in broiler chicken feeding programs: Growth performance and metabolic and physiological responses to black soldier fly meal
Author: Facey, Hannah
Department: Department of Animal Biosciences
Program: Animal Biosciences
Advisor: Kiarie, Elijah
Abstract: This study investigated the effects of partial to complete replacement of soybean meal (SBM) with black soldier fly larvae meal (BSFLM) in broiler chicken feeding programs. The diets included a corn-SBM based control diet (0%BSFLM) fed with and without coccidiostats and antibiotics (AGP), and four BSFLM diets formulated to replace SBM by 12.5%, 25%, 50%, and 100%. Growth performance was recorded at the end of each phase (d 10, 24, and 49). Metabolic and physiological parameters were measured on d 24 and 49 to obtain comprehensive data resulting from a wide range of BSFLM inclusion levels. Low levels (12.5 and 25) of BSFLM may provide some growth promoting effects similar to AGP diets. In higher amounts (50, 100), BSFLM causes a depression in feed intake and growth. Further research is required to unravel post-absorptive nutrient utilization in broiler chickens fed high levels of BSFLM.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26923
Date: 2022-05
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