Amaranthus Spinosus and Athyrium Esculentum as Chicken Feed Extenders

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INTRODUCTION
A wide variety of commercial chicken feeds is available to poultry owners, combining a variety of seeds in a single mix. Individual types of chickens tend to pick out their favorite seeds and leave the rest uneaten, to be picked up by other birds. Farmed fowls fed commercial chicken feeds typically are given very specific scientifically designed pre-blended feed. Examples of commercial chicken feeds include chick starter medicated crumbles, chick grower crumbles, egg layer mash, egg layer pellet, egg layer crumbles, egg producer pellet, and broiler maker med crumbles. Pellet crumbles are often prepared for tiny chicks. Mash is more finely ground. Not all birds eat seeds. Suet (beef or mutton fat) is recommended for insect-eating birds like nuthatches and woodpeckers. Nectar (essentially sugar water) attracts hummingbirds. Bread and kitchen scraps are often fed to ducks and gulls. Chickens are commonly fed corn, wheat, barley, sorghum and milling by-products. These seeds and non-seed supplies are commonly obtained as by-products on farms, but can also be bought from independent retailers.

Amaranthus spinosus or simply, Amaranth is a very good source of vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin, and folate, and dietary minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese and Athyrium esculentum or simply Pako plant is a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B. Because of its valuable nutrition, some farmers grow amaranth today. However their moderately high content of oxalic acid can inhibit the absorption of calcium and zinc, and also indicates that they should be eaten with caution under consultation with healthcare providers by people with kidney disorders, gout, or rheumatoid arthritis, concerning mineral absorption and supplementation. Chicken feeds are like grains such as oats, wheat, barley, sorghum, or the favorite, corn, as a source of calories. Vitamins and minerals are in mixes or separately. It can be used as a source of protein and fat, fish oil for vitamins A and D, yeast for B vitamins and fish meal and kelp as sources of minerals.

STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

The purpose of this study is to develop cheaper and much effective chicken feeds which can be used by manufacturers and dealers of chicken. The purpose of the study is to answer the following questions: General Objective:

Which contents of the Amaranth and Pako plant that makes them suitable as an extender for chicken feeds? Specific Objective:
What is the right combination of Amaranth, Pako plant and growing mass for chicken feeds?

HYPOTHESES

HI: “If the chicken feed with the formulation of Amaranthus spinosus and Athyrium esculentum is more effective than the commercially available chicken feed itself, the chicken will become healthier and will result to the better quality of chickens” Ho: “If the chicken feed with the formulation of Amaranthus spinosus and Athyrium esculentum is not effective than the commercially available chicken feed itself, the chicken will not become healthier and will result to the better quality of chickens”

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

The significance of this study is to help the chicken feeders to save their time, efforts, and most especially money. This can help them to sell chicken at a low cost price compared to the other. Because, they will use a natural additives to their chicken feeds instead of the usual feeds. It can also be a bigger help to make the chickens grow bigger and faster. There is a possibility that the manufacturers can sell the chickens with low price. Then the retailers can get them and sell them to us with also a low price. It is a safeguard to us that we save money and we get them at good condition.

SCOPE AND DELIMITATION
             This study will focus on the right combination of the Amaranth, Pako plant and growing mass. This research...
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