Artemia or Brine shrimp is a crustacean animal, lives in over 500 tropical and subtropical regions in the World, and has two species as Artemia urmiana (UA) and Parthenogenetica Artemia (PA) in Iran. All stages of Artemia from cysts and newly hatched nauplii to adult Artemia are utilized as food sources in aquaculture; however, there are scarce researches regarding the Artemia usage in poultry nutrition. In study by Zareia used Artemia meal (biomass) as a substitute for fish meal in broiler diet. Some studies approved that Artemia meal could be used as a feed ingredient in poultry nutrition. The amino acid content of Artemia has been specified in different regions. Thus, the Artemia is rich of amino acids which are efficient for broiler chick diet due to high digestibility, fatty acids and amino acids compared to fish meal although it varies in every region.
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Last date updated on July, 2014