Table 1: Ingredients percentages and calculated composition analysis of the experimental starter diets (as fed basis).

Ingredients Basal diet DPS2DPS4DPS6

Corn5553.0951.1749.27
SBM (CP 44%)32.04323232
Corn gluten (CP 62%)5.55.65.665.7
Corn oil3.53.393.273.17
Limestone1.351.331.311.28
Dicalcium phosphate1.741.741.741.74
L-lysine0.280.280.280.27
Dl-methionine0.140.120.120.12
P. dactylifera seeds0246
Vitamin and mineral premix0.30.30.30.3
NaCl0.150.150.150.15
Total100100100100
Estimated and analyzed composition
 ME3069.593070.393069.383070.05
 CP %22.622.622.5922.58
 Lysine %1.341.341.341.34
 Methionine %0.50.50.50.5
 Calcium %1111
 Av. (P) %0.450.450.450.45

SBM: soybean meal. ME: metabolizable energy (Kcal/kg diet). CP: crude protein. Av. (P): available phosphorous. L-lysine, 99% feed grade. Dl-methionine, 99% feed grade, China. Vitamin and mineral premix (Hero mix) produced by Hero pharm Co., Egypt.