PERFORMANCE AND CARCASS CHARACTERISTICS OF FINISHER BROILERS FED GRADED LEVELS OF MUCUNA PRURIENS SEED MEAL

Authors

  • Akure C. O
  • Tegbe T.S.B .
  • Sekoni A.A.
  • Abeke F.O.

Keywords:

Boiling, Performance, Mucuna pruriens, Broiler finishers, graded levels, carcass

Abstract

A four week feeding trial was conducted to determine the effect of boiled Mucuna seed meal
(BMSM) on the growth performance and carcass characteristics of broiler finishers. Two
hundred and twenty five (225) five-week old Marshall Strain of broilers were randomly assigned in a completely randomized design (CRD) to pens. There were three replications of the five treatments in which boiled Mucuna seed meal was fed at graded levels of 0, 7.5, 15.0, 22.5, and 30.0. Feed and water were given to the birds ad libitum. The parameters measured included weight gain, feed intake, feed to gain ratio and feed cost per kilogram gain. Carcass analysis was also carried out. The results showed that dietary levels of inclusion of BMSM had
significant (P<0.05) effect on these parameters. The final weight, the weight gain and feed
intake of the birds fed 0.0 and 7.5%BMSM were similar and significantly (P<0.05) higher than
those of other treatments. Cost of feed per birds and feed cost per kilogram gain were lower for all BMSM diets than the control. Highest mortality rate was recorded for birds fed 30% BMSM. The carcass showed significant (P<0.05) differences among the treatments for dressing percentage, carcass and cut parts weights. The dressing percentage, carcass, thigh, drumstick, breast, wing and back weights were higher for the birds fed 0 and 7.5% BMSM based diets. It was concluded that inclusion of BMSM in the diets of broiler finisher chicks has beneficial effects and 7.5% level of inclusion is recommended.

Published

2014-12-30