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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2013 | Volume: 16 | Issue: 19 | Page No.: 1061-1064
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2013.1061.1064
 
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Influence of Granite-grit on Nutrient Digestibility and Haematological Parameters of Broiler Chickens Fed Rice Offal Based Diets

C.U. Idachaba, F.O. Abeke, T.S. Olugbemi and L.A. Ademu

Abstract:
A total of 270 broiler chickens were used for the study. The birds were fed common diet containing 23% Crude protein and 2864 kcal kg-1 Metabolizable energy at the starter phase while 20% Crude protein and 2923 kcal kg-1 Metabolizable energy was fed at the finisher phase. Starter and finisher diets contained 10 and 15% inclusion levels of rice offal respectively. Granite grit was added to the basal diet at 0.0, 2.0, 4.0, 6.0, 8.0 and 10.0 g per bird per month thus making a total of six treatments. Each treatment was replicated three times with 15 birds per replicate in a completely randomized design. Packed cell volume and haemoglobin level were not significantly (p>0.05) affected by dietary grit levels while total protein increased across the graded levels of granite grit. Crude protein, crude fibre and nitrogen free extract significantly (p<0.05) improved with increasing grit levels. These parameters improved up to the highest level of grit addition (10.0 g) granite-grit. It was concluded that 10.0 g granite grit per bird per month is beneficial to broiler chickens as it allows for efficient nutrient utilization. Further study to determine the optimum level of granite grit in broiler diet is encouraged since result obtained showed the optimum level was not attained.
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How to cite this article:

C.U. Idachaba, F.O. Abeke, T.S. Olugbemi and L.A. Ademu, 2013. Influence of Granite-grit on Nutrient Digestibility and Haematological Parameters of Broiler Chickens Fed Rice Offal Based Diets. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 16: 1061-1064.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2013.1061.1064

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.2013.1061.1064

COMMENTS
08 December, 2013
hossein amanpour:
hello do you have any other article about using the rice offal in poultry feeding ? specialy about performance. thanks.
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