Authors: TURGAY ŞENGÜL, SABRİ YURTSEVEN, TAHİR POLAT
Abstract: This study was conducted to determine the growth performances and carcass characteristics of Bronze turkeys reared in intensive and semi-intensive conditions. Live weights of Bronze turkeys reared in intensive and semi-intensive conditions (male+female) were found as; 4273.8±95.5 g and 4185.0±107 g at the end of 16. weeks, respectively. Difference between the mean weights was not significant (P>0.05). Turkeys reared on floor were consumed more feed than the other group. Cumulative feed consumptions of turkeys reared in intensive and semi-intensive conditions were determined as 13562.0±50.0 g and 12415.0±100.0 g at the end of 16. weeks, respectively. Difference between these values was found to be significant (P<0.05). Cumulative feed efficiences of turkeys were effected significantly from different rearing systems (P<0.05). These values for turkeys reared in intensive and semi-intensive conditions were obtained as 3.51±0.02 and 3.65±0.04 at 16. weeks. Carcass weights and carcass percentages were not effected significantly from rearing systems (P>0.05). These values were determined as 3205.0±134 g, 2908.8±118 g and 0.70±0.05 %, 0.70±0.03 % in intensive and semi-intensive conditions, respectively.
Keywords: Turkey, intensive, semi-intensive
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