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Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics and Economic Analysis of Broiler Fed Processed Faidherbia albida

Bello Sanusi Muhammad
Department of Animal Health and Production, College of Agriculture, Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto State, Nigeria
Abstract—The research was conducted to compare the effect of raw, soaked and boiled Faidherbia albida pod meal (Fapm) based diet on the growth performance and carcass characteristics of broiler chickens. Eighty (80) broiler chickens were used for the study. The chicks were divided in to four (4) different groups and each group is replicated twice with 10 chicks per replicate in a completely randomized design. Faidherbia albida pod meal was treated (raw, soaked and boiled) and included at 15% in the diets as a replacement for ground nut cake from 1st to 7th week. Group I were fed with 0% Fapm diet and serve as control, Group II were fed with 15% raw Fapm, Group III were fed with 15% soaked Fapm and Group IV were fed with 15% boiled Fapm. The whole experiment lasted for a period of seven (7) weeks. The results of the analysis indicate that there was no significant difference (P>0.05) in the feed intake, body weight gain, feed conversion ratio and protein efficiency ratio. All the organs were also not significantly affected. This study suggest that boiling could be employed as a treatment for Fapm in order to neutralize the toxic effects of anti-nutritional factors in it since the broiler chickens fed 15% boiled Fapm had least cost/kg body weight gain with higher net revenue.
 
Index Terms—Faidherbia albida pod meal, ground nut cake, broiler chicken diets

Cite: Bello Sanusi Muhammad, "Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics and Economic Analysis of Broiler Fed Processed Faidherbia albida," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 212-215, September 2019. Doi: 10.18178/joaat.6.3.212-215
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