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Reproductive performance of dwarf breeder pullets fed yellow peas (Pisum sativumL. var. ‘Miranda’)

Animal Feed Science and Technology
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DOI: 10.1016/0377-8401(92)90113-k


Abstract An experiment was conducted to determine the suitability of a variety of yellow field pea ( Pisum sativum L. var. ‘Miranda’) as a feed ingredient for dwarf broiler breeder pullets. Two hundred and twenty-five pullets were fed either corn-soy (CS) or corn-pea (CP) diets from Day 1 to 46 weeks of age. The diets were isonitrogenous, isocaloric and supplemented with d,l-methionine. The dietary treatment groups were reared in adjacent floor pens from Day 1 to 22 weeks of age. At this age, 32 pullets from each dietary treatment were selected based on uniformity of body weight, placed in individual cages and photostimulated by increasing the daily photoperiod. Following the initiation of lay, the following performance variables were measured: hen-day egg production, egg weight, fertility and lialchability of fertilized eggs. No differences ( P > 0.05) were observed between the two groups (CS and CP) for the reproductive variables measured. This study demonstrates that the ‘Miranda’ variety of field pea, which can be grown in the Pacific Northwest of the US, can be used as an alternative feed ingredient for dwarf broiler breeder pullets.

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