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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2003 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 264-266
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2003.264.266
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The Utilization of Fig (Ficus thonningii) and Mango (Mangifera indica) Leaves by Rabbits

Jokthan G.E. , E.V. Afikwu and T.S. Olugbemi

A study lasting 42 days was carried out to determine the intake and utilization of Fig Ficus thonningii and Mango Mangifera indica leaves by rabbits. 10 weaner rabbit of average weight 700g were randomly assigned to 2 treatment groups in a completely randomized design. The results of the study showed that the intake of Ficus thonningii leaves was significantly (P>0.01) higher than that of Mangifera indica leaves. Both treatments however, showed consistent increase in dry matter intake throughout the experimental period. Rabbit fed Ficus thonningii leaves had significantly (P>0.01) higher average daily weight gain and feed/gain efficiency. Bases on the result of this study, it is concluded that Ficus thonningii and Mangifera indica leaves have feeding value as fodder for rabbits. These plants can be used as standing feed reserve so that rabbits can survive critical periods of feed scarcity during the dry season.
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Jokthan G.E. , E.V. Afikwu and T.S. Olugbemi , 2003. The Utilization of Fig (Ficus thonningii) and Mango (Mangifera indica) Leaves by Rabbits. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 2: 264-266.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2003.264.266






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