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Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (6), pp. 145-156, August 2017.

ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Article

Manuscript Number: 081817107

 

(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2017.6.081817107)

 

Studies on Growth Performance, Nutrient
Utilization, and Heamatological Characteristics of Broiler Chickens Fed
Different Levels of Azolla – Moringa Oleifera Mixture

 

Alagbe JO

 

Dan-malafia Farms Limited,
Ibadan.

Abstract

 

This study was conducted to examine the growth
performance, nutrient utilization and haematological characteristics of broiler
chickens fed diets supplemented with Azolla-Moringa Oleifera mixture.
One hundred and sixty (160) Arbo-acre day old chick of mixed sex was divided
into four groups with four replicates, each of ten birds in a completely
randomized design. Treatment 1 was fed basal diet without Azolla –Moringa
mixture (MLMAZP), treatment 2, 3 and 4 were fed basal diets supplemented with
MLMAZP at levels 5, 10 and 15% respectively. Proximate analysis shows that
Azolla powder contained 22.51% crude protein, 3.53% ether extracts, 14.13% ash,
18.15% crude fibre and 37.88% nitrogen free extract while Moringa
Oleifera
 leaf meal contained 27.51% crude protein, 2.23% ether
extracts, 7.13% ash, 19.25% crude fibre and 43.88% nitrogen free extracts. The
basal diet was formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of broilers
according to NRC (1994). The results shows that there was a significant
(P<0.05) difference in the final live weight, feed conversion ratio,
carcass/dressing percentage and daily water intake. However, no significant
influence (P>0.05) were observed for feed intake and some of the
hematological parameters measured (PCV, Hb, RBC, WBC, MCV, MCH and MCHC). No
mortality was recorded throughout the experimental period which lasted for 42
days.

It can be concluded based on data from performance,
nutrient utilization and hematological parameters that MLMAZP can be added up
to 15% in the diets of broiler chickens.

 

Key words: broiler chickens, growth performance, nutrient retention, Moringa
Oleifera

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