An experiment was conducted with 120, seven-day old Vencobb commercial broiler chick feeding
ad libitum upto 42 days of age on 4 different iso-nitrogenous and iso-energetic diet formulated by
replacing dietary sesame oil cake (SOC) by duckweed (DW) to have its effect on performance of
broilers. Live weight, feed conversion and profitability increased when sesame oil cake was partially
replaced by duck weed. Complete SOC replaced diet significantly reduced live weight gain, feed
intake, feed conversion and profitability, as compared with partial replacement of SOC by duckweed
and SOC based control diet. Partial replacement of SOC by DW did not affect survivability of
broiler. So it might be concluded that replacement of costly SOC partially by cheaper unconventional
DW in broiler diet resulted in increased profitability. Therefore, cheaper duckweed could be
practiced in formulating economic balanced diet for broiler.
M.U. Ahammad, M.S.R. Swapon , T. Yeasmin , M.S. Rahman and M.S. Ali , 2003. Replacement of Sesame Oil Cake by Duckweed (Lemna minor) in Broiler Diet. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 6: 1450-1453.