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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2019 | Volume: 18 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 101-108
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2019.101.108
Effect of Fiber Feed on Rabbits During the Postweaning Period
M. Sobri, K.G. Wiryawan , P.D.M.H. Karti and W.T. Wibawan

Abstract:
Background and Objective: This study was conducted to analyze the effect of the neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and fiber particle size on mortality, hematology, stress status, immunity and number of E. coli in New Zealand white (NZW) crossbred rabbits during the postweaning period. Methodology: A total of 144 NZW crossbred rabbits were used in the study. The trial design was a completely randomized 3×3 factorial pattern, namely, 3 levels of the concentration of neutral detergent fiber (NDF) (F1, F2 and F3) and 3 sizes of fiber particles (P1, P2 and P3). Each treatment was repeated 4 times and each replication consisted of 4 trials. Results: The average mortality up to 12 weeks was 19.44%. The treatment combinations of F3P2 and F2P2 had the lowest mortality rate (0%) and low rates of E. coli infection at 2.55 and 2.71×109 CFU mL1, respectively. The feed treatment affected the hematological values in rabbits during the postweaning period. The results indicated that there was a relationship between mortality and E. coli infection. Moreover, the F3P2 treatment was the best feed combination observed in this study. Conclusion: The feed treatment affected the mortality, immunity, hematology and stress status of NZW crossbred rabbits during the postweaning period.
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M. Sobri, K.G. Wiryawan, P.D.M.H. Karti and W.T. Wibawan, 2019. Effect of Fiber Feed on Rabbits During the Postweaning Period. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 18: 101-108.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2019.101.108

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2019.101.108

 
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