N Anandan, N Kumaravelu, R Venkataramanan, S Usha, C Bandeswaran and S Meenakhi Sundaram
A trial was conducted to assess the performance of Soviet Chinchilla rabbit under different feeding regimes at Livestock Farm Complex, Madhavaram Milk Colony, Chennai-51. Thirty Soviet Chinchilla weaned bunnies of both sex aged around six weeks were randomly selected and divided into three groups namely T1(Guinea grass + Concentrate),T2 (Hydroponic Maize + Concentrate) and T3 (Hydroponic Cowpea +Concentrate). All the trial animals were reared under similar intensive system of management. Statistical analysis revealed that at start of the trial there was no significant difference in body weight between groups, however rabbits fed hydroponic maize had numerically higher body weight than other two groups. The overall weight gain was significantly higher (p≤ 0.01) in hydroponic maize fed rabbits followed by hydroponic cowpea and guinea grass fed rabbits. The average daily gain of rabbits highly significant (p≤ 0.01) gain in T2 group followed by T3 and T1. It is concluded from this experiment the rabbits fed with hydroponic maize gained significantly (p≤0.01) higher body weight followed by guinea grass and hydroponic cowpea.
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