PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSE OF BROILER CHICKENS FED REPLACEMENT LEVELS OF Moringa oleifera LEAF AND MAIZE OFFAL

Authors

  • U. J. Bah Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • A. B. Baburo Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Bayaro University Kano, Nigeria
  • U. E. Obianwuna Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • A. A. Mohammad Department of Animal Science, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria

Keywords:

Moringa oleifera leaf, Maize offal, Broiler, Haemato-biochemical parameters

Abstract

A study was carried out to evaluate the haemato-biochemical parameters of broiler chickens fed diets containing proportions of maize Offal (MO) and Moringa oleifera leaf (MOL) at Teaching and Research Farm of Bayero University Kano. A total of one hundred and fifty day old broiler chicks (Arbor Acre) were used for the experiment. They were fed on super starter vital feed during one week physiological adjustment period. Thereafter, the birds were randomly selected and allocated to five dietary treatment groups. Each treatment contained thirty (30) birds and replicated 3 times with ten (10) birds per replicate in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). The experimental diets were T1 (30%MO/0.0%MOL), T2 (22.5%MO/7.5%MOL), T3 (15.0%MO/15.0%MOL), T4 (7.5%MO/22.5%MOL) and T5 (0.0%MO/30%MOL). At the end of 56 days feeding trial, six birds were randomly selected from each treatment group, two per replicate for haematological and serum biochemical analysis. The results showed that there was no significance (p>0.05) difference in haematological parameters except Monocyte (p<0.05), platelets (p<0.05) and means corpuscular haemoglobin (p<0.05) while plasma urea and cholesterol were also affected (P>0.05) among the treatment means in serum biochemical profile. Although, variation observed among the treatment means but fell within the reference values for healthy bird. Based on the results obtained from the study, it revealed that MOL can be used as partial replacement up to 22.50% without adverse effect on health status of broiler chickens

Published

2020-06-30