A ten-week feeding trial
was conducted to evaluate the effect of feeding varying levels of forage
(Syndrella nodiflora) on the performance, haematology, and serum
chemistry of twenty-four weaner rabbits. Six rabbits each were assigned
to each dietary treatment (A, B, C and D) in three replicate groups
of two rabbits each, in a completely randomized design (CRD). Performance
data of weaner rabbits reflect that average final live weight, weight
gain, feed intake and feed conversion ratio were significantly (P< 0.05)
higher in rabbits fed diets B and C than those on diets A and D (0 and
75% supplement). All the heamatological and serum chemistry indices
assayed were not significantly (P>0.05) affected by the dietary treatments.
Therefore, Syndrella nodiflora can be used to supplement rabbit
diets up to 50% to enhance performance without any adverse effect.