Effect of Heat Treatment during Pelleting on Metabolisable Energy Values of Chicken Diet

Jiri Zelenka


Received: 2015-11-02 | Accepted: 2015-11-26 | Available online: 2016-03-24

Pelleting is the most prevalent heat treatment in the production of poultry feed. Metabolisable energy values of mash and steam pelleted complete maize-type broiler finisher diet was investigated in an experiment with 24 individually followed Ross hybrid male chickens. Altogether four balance periods were compared. Heat treatment significantly (P<0.001) increased classical metabolisable energy and nitrogen-corrected metabolisable energy values by 3.00 % and 2.99 %, respectively. 

Keywords: chickens, metabolisable energy, heat treatment of feed


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