In this experiment, hemp hearts of differing percentages were fed to broiler chicks for 49 days. The experiment, which was initiated to identify the potential of hemp hearts as a feed source, consisted of four experimental groups and one control group. Each experimental group received a diet containing: 10%, 20%, 30% and 40% hemp hearts; the control group did not contain hemp hearts, but contained soybean meal. As a result, broilers fed a diet containing 20% hemp hearts gained the most weight, t(16) = 2.12, p < 0.05 and feed conversion was also the lowest t(18) = 2.10, p < 0.01. These results indicate the feed efficiency of broilers using 20% hemp hearts was the lowest numerically, but the most efficient qualitatively. The diets consisting of higher percentages of hemp hearts demonstrate a need for additional supplementation.
Parr, Brian; Hooks, Cheyenne; Snider, Mallorie; Chae, HuiChang; and Brannon, Tony
"Effects of Using Hemp Hearts as a Feed Additive in Broiler Chicks,"
Journal of Agricultural Hemp Research: Vol. 2
, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/jahr/vol2/iss1/1