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Asian Journal of Poultry Science
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 5 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 144-149
DOI: 10.3923/ajpsaj.2011.144.149
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The Performance of the Broilers Chickens on African Porridge Fruit (Tetrapleura tetraptera) Pod under Different Feeding Regimes

B.O. Nweze, A.E. Nwankwegu and O.O. Ekwe

A study was conducted to evaluate the effect of African porridge fruit (Tetrapleura tetraptera) pod on broiler chicken in Animal Science Department, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria. The aim was to determine the growth performance, gut microbes and some haematological indices of finishing broiler chickens under three Tetrapleura tetraptera feeding regimes. The three feeding regimes were cold water extract, boiled water extract and feed inclusion of Tetrapleura tetraptera. Feed intake, weight gain, carcass traits and faecal microbial loads were determined. Economic analyses were also conducted at the end of the four weeks experiment. There were no significant differences (p>.0.05) in the feed intake as well as weight gain and feed conversion ratio. The dressed weights of the broilers in the Tetrapleura tetraptera feeding regimes diets were better than those birds on the diets without Tetrapleura tetraptera regime. Also there was significant differences (p<0.05) in blood components of broiler chickens under the feeding regimes. The Pack Cell Volume (PCV), Red Blood Cells (RBC) and White Blood Cells (WBC) in improved with cold water. The gross margin and benefit-cost ratio were higher with Tetrapleura tetraptera feeding regimes than that without the Tetrapleura tetraptera. There was no significant difference (p>0.05) in the microbial load of the feacal samples. However, there was marginal higher load of E. coli in the diets without Tetrapeura tetraptera. The diets fed with cold water Tetrapleura tetraptera had the least microbial load.
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How to cite this article:

B.O. Nweze, A.E. Nwankwegu and O.O. Ekwe, 2011. The Performance of the Broilers Chickens on African Porridge Fruit (Tetrapleura tetraptera) Pod under Different Feeding Regimes. Asian Journal of Poultry Science, 5: 144-149.

DOI: 10.3923/ajpsaj.2011.144.149






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