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Poultry Nutrition and Feed Technology Under Rural Poultry Farming

Poultry plays an important role in the livelihood of rural communities in developing countries. Feed & feed supplements represent the major cost of poultry production, constituting up to 70 percent of the total. Rural poultry (RP) accounts for about 80% of the world's poultry stocks in many developing countries. Rural poultry production constitutes important component of agricultural economy in India. The rural type chicks need balanced feed during the initial 6 weeks of age under nursery rearing/brooding. Economic rural poultry feeding is possible by adopting free range/scavenging feeding, adopting integrated farming system like fish cum duck farming, use of locally available feed resources, use of kitchen waste, use of alternate feed resources, green feeding, termite/snail/earthworm feeding etc.