Owen Et Al

Owen et al



Greener
Journal of  Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 2 (
6), pp.
237-245,

October

2012


 ISSN: 2276-7770 



Research

Paper


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

 


1
Department
of Animal Science, Rivers State University of Science and
Technology, P.M.B. 5080, 

Port Harcourt, Nigeria.


2
Department
of Fisheries/Livestock Production Technology, Niger Delta
University, Wilberforce Island, PMB 071, Yenagoa, Bayelsa
State, Nigeria.

 


*Corresponding Author’s Email: congomfx @ yahoo.com

Abstract: 


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
performance.
 
Keywords: Broiler chickens, kaolin, feed intake, feed
efficiency, basal diet.

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