Obun Et Al

Obun et al



Greener
Journal of  Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 3 (
1), pp.048-054,
January 2013


 ISSN: 2276-7770 



Research

Paper

Manuscript
Number:110512219

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2013.1.110512219
 


 Health and Carcass implications of
dietary inclusion of graded level of sun-cured Neem (Azadirachta
indica,
A. juss) leaf meal for broilers

 


1*
Obun,
C. O., 2Ukim, C.  I., 3Olatunji,
E. A. and 4Kehinde, A. S
 

 


1
Department
of Animal production, Federal College of wildlife
management, New Bussa,

Niger State


2 Nigerian Institute of Animal Science, Salt
Lake Street, Maitama, Abuja


3
Department
of Animal Science, University of Abuja, Abuja

 


Corresponding Author’s Email:


obunotu @ yahoo.com
, Phone (+234)8032452529

Abstract:

The effects of feeding graded levels (0, 5, 10, 15 and 20%)
of Neem leaf meals (NM) to broiler chicks on live weights,
carcass and organ weights and blood constituents was
investigated. Two hundred and forty (240) 7 days-old unsex
broiler chicks (Arbor acres) were randomly allocated to five
treatments of 48 birds each, replicated four times with 12
birds each in a completely randomized design. Feed and water
were given ad-libitum till 56 days. The results of the live
weights and carcass and organ weights decreased with
increased NM inclusion in the diets. Haematological
constituents were not affected (P>0.05) except the packed
cell volume while the serum biochemical indices of birds fed
20 % NM diets were decreased (P<0.05) compared with those
fed control, 5 %, 10% and 15% NM diets. Inclusion of 15% NM
in broiler chicks’ diet had no adverse effects on live,
carcass and organ weights and immunity responses. NM needs
further treatment to improve inclusion levels beyond 15 % in
broilers’ diets.

 
Keywords: Azadirachta indica, broilers, immunity,
carcass and organ weights

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