BIOCHEMICAL AND HAEMATOLOGICAL PARAMETERS OF RED AND BLACK FINGER MILLET (ELEUSINE CORACANA) VARIETIES FED BROILER CHICKENS AS REPLACEMENT FOR MAIZE

Authors

  • Bot, M. H., Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, NVRI, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • Udom, I. E., Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, NVRI, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • Bot, D. Y., Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, NVRI, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • Kpanja, E. J., Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
  • Tok, C. C., Federal College of Education, Pankshin, Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • Salihu, D. Y., Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, NVRI, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • Hassan, I. M., Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, NVRI, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • Aliyu, I. P., Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, NVRI, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • Zungum, A. G., Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, NVRI, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • Idris, A. A. Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, NVRI, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria.

Keywords:

Finger millet, Blood parameters, Broiler chickens, Maize, Biochemical parameters

Abstract

An experiment was conducted using two varieties of red and black finger millet (RBFM) in feeding broiler chickens to determine the effects on their biochemical and heamatological parameters using a total of 540 birds in the experiment. The experiment was carried out at the College Poultry Unit of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology (FCAH&PT), National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom using 2 x 5 factorial arrangement in a completely randomized design with RBFM replacement rate at 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100% of maize in the diets. The result of biochemical parameters shows only albumin to be significant (P<0.05) as main effect, however there was no significant effect in the replacement levels except in cholesterol. While the interaction results revealed that there was no significant (P>0.05) effect in all the parameters measured. The heamatological indices results showed that there is no significant (P>0.05) varietal effect in all the parameters measured except in WBC, however only heterophils showed significant effect in the replacement levels. Nevertheless, RBC showed significant (P<0.05) interaction across the dietary treatments. These results showed that red and black finger millet varieties can be fed to broiler chickens in place of maize since most of the parameters measured did not show significant effects in the broiler chickens that could affect their health and performance.  

Published

2022-06-30