Effect of dietary protein content on live and carcase performance of heterozygous naked neck and normally feathered broilers

Br Poult Sci. 1996 Dec;37(5):963-9. doi: 10.1080/00071669608417927.


1. An experiment was conducted to determine the effect of different dietary protein contents on the performance of naked neck (Na/na) and normally feathered (na/na) broilers. 2. Chicks from the two genotypes were reared in wire-floored cages and divided at random into 3 groups. Birds were fed on high protein (HP, 12.99 MJ ME, 238 g crude protein/kg and 12.94 MJ ME, 216 g crude protein/kg from 0 to 3 and 3 to 7 weeks, respectively), medium protein (MP, 12.99 MJ ME, 219 g crude protein/kg and 12.87 MJ ME, 201 g crude protein/kg from 0 to 3 and 3 to 7 weeks), and low protein (LP, 12.94 MJ ME, 205 g crude protein/kg and 12.75 MJ ME, 184 g protein/kg from 0 to 3 and 3 to 7 weeks) diets. 3. The LP diets resulted in a significantly lower daily body weight gain of males from 0 to 3 weeks. Dietary protein content had no effect on body weight gain from 3 to 7 weeks, body weight at 7 weeks, and the food intake of birds. Carcase composition of birds from both genotypes was unaffected by dietary protein. 4. Naked neck birds had significantly higher body weights at 7 weeks. Yields of carcase and breast of Na/na males were significantly higher than those of na/na males. There were no significant differences between females from the two genotypes as regards carcase yield. 5. It was concluded that the dietary protein requirements of naked neck birds were similar to those for normally feathered birds.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Composition / physiology*
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Body Weight / physiology
  • Breeding
  • Chickens / genetics
  • Chickens / growth & development*
  • Dietary Proteins / pharmacology*
  • Feathers*
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Heterozygote
  • Male
  • Neck
  • Random Allocation
  • Weight Gain / drug effects
  • Weight Gain / physiology


  • Dietary Proteins