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Mussehl, F.E., Ackerson, C.W. and Blish, M.J. (1940). The influence of whole wheat, bran and shorts on body weight and feather growth in chicks (Research Bulletin: Bulletin of the Agricultural Experiment Station of Nebraska No. 119)


ISSN 0097-1450


The proteins of the entire wheat kernel and of the bran and shorts are apparently utilized with equal efficiency by growing chicks when used with a base of corn, barley, oats, meat scraps, fish meal, and soybean meal. The relatively higher protein levels of bran and shorts, as compared to ground wheat, should be considered by the poultry producer in deciding which product or products can be used with greatest economy. A good concentration of a feather-growth factor is found in wheat bran. Other common feedstuffs carry the same essential, and the amount of bran which should be used in poultry rations will depend upon price relationships and certain well recognized palatability factors. Our experiments indicate that as much as 40 per cent of bran can be used in chick rations with good results.