Effect of altering dietary mineral balance on growth, leg abnormalities, and blood base excess in broiler chicks.

@article{Halley1987EffectOA,
  title={Effect of altering dietary mineral balance on growth, leg abnormalities, and blood base excess in broiler chicks.},
  author={J T Halley and Thorana S. Nelson and Luke Kirby and Zelpha B. Johnson},
  journal={Poultry science},
  year={1987},
  volume={66 10},
  pages={1684-92}
}
Broiler cockerels were used in four trials of 3-wk duration to investigate the effects of altering dietary cation:anion ratios on chick growth, leg abnormalities, bone, and blood parameters. Dietary cation content was changed using Ca and Mg, whereas the anions P, Cl, and S were included at various levels, giving several total cation:anion ratios with several levels of ions. Narrowing the cation:anion ratios increased 3-wk body weights and the incidence of both dyschondroplasia and varus… CONTINUE READING