Summary and Implications
The effects of dietary β-glucans on chickens from 3 distinct genetic lines were measured from weeks 3 through 8 of age. At 8 weeks of age, broilers fed the β-glucan diet had a higher breast-to-body-weight ratio than those fed the control diet, without a difference in feed efficiency. Evaluation of the effect of β-glucans as dietary supplements is important to determine the benefits of their utilization in poultry diets.
Iowa State University
Redmond, Sarah Beth and Lamont, Susan J.
"Effect of Dietary β-Glucans on Growth
Performance in Developing Chickens ,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 654, ASL R2331.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol654/iss1/80