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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2010 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 6 | Page No.: 516-519
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2010.516.519
 
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Response of Broiler Chickens to Palm Kernel Cake and Maize Offal Mixed in Different Ratios

S.O. Onuh, D.D. Ortserga and J.J. Okoh

Abstract:
A total of one hundred and twenty (120) unsexed broiler chickens of 5 days of age averaging 59.50±1.00 grams were randomly allocated into 4 dietary treatments designated I, II, III and IV to evaluate the effect of different ratios of palm kernel cake and maize offal mixed in the ratios of 1:1, 3:1 and 4:1 for treatments II, III and IV respectively and these were compared with the control diet at the starter and finishing phases. Each treatment was replicated 2 times. The results at the starter phase show that there were no significant differences (p>0.05) in feed intake and efficiency of feed utilization among birds fed all diets. There were also no significant differences (p>0.05) in feed cost per unit weight gain among birds fed the control diet and those fed the diets which contained 1:1 and 4:1 ratio of palm kernel cake and maize pap offal. However, the results at the finishing phase show that the diet which contained 3:1 ratio of palm kernel cake and maize pap offal significantly increased (p<0.05) feed intake while the diets which contained the ratio of palm kernel cake and maize pap offal of 1:1 and 3:1 significantly (p<0.05) supported better weight gain than other diets. Efficiency of feed utilization and feed cost per unit weight gain were however significantly (p>0.05) influenced by the dietary treatments. On the basis of the results obtained, it may be recommended that a ratio of 1:1 PKC and maize pap offal maybe fed to both starter and finishing broiler chickens without adverse effect on performance.
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How to cite this article:

S.O. Onuh, D.D. Ortserga and J.J. Okoh, 2010. Response of Broiler Chickens to Palm Kernel Cake and Maize Offal Mixed in Different Ratios. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 9: 516-519.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2010.516.519

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2010.516.519

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