Owen et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 2 (6), pp. 237-245, October 2012
Manuscript Number: 08211248
The Effects of Dietary Kaolin (Clay) as Feed Additive on the Growth Performance of Broiler Chickens
*O.J. Owen1, M.B. Nodu2, U.A. Dike1 and H.M. Ideozu1
1Department of Animal Science, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, P.M.B. 5080,
Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
2Department of Fisheries/Livestock Production Technology, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, PMB 071, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: congomfx @ yahoo.com
Investigation was carried out to elucidate
the effects of dietary kaolin (clay) as feed additive on the
growth parameters of broiler chickens. One hundred and
twenty (120) day-old Hubbard broiler chickens with mean
initial weight of 60g were used in a completely Randomized
design (CRD) for 56days. The birds were randomly assigned to
4 treatments consisting of 30 birds/treatment and 10
birds/replicate. The 4 Treatments were: basal diet only
(control), basal diet + 10g kaolin/kg, basal diet + 20g
kaolin/kg and basal diet + 30g/kg kaolin. Results obtained
revealed that incorporating kaolin into broiler diets
significantly (p<0.05) improved feed intake and feed
efficiency. It was concluded that dietary kaolin in the diet
of broiler birds had beneficial effects on the growth
Keywords: Broiler chickens, kaolin, feed intake, feed efficiency, basal diet.
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