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International Journal of Poultry Science
Year: 2005  |  Volume: 4  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 330 - 333

Growth Rate, Carcass Characteristics and Organoleptic Quality of Broiler Fed Graded Levels of Palm Kernel Cake

N.J. Okeudo, K.V. Eboh, Ndidi V. Izugboekwe and E.C. Akanno    

Abstract: Four experimental diets containing 0, 10, 20 and 30% palm kernel cake (PKC) were fed to broilers from the 3RD till the 8th week of age. Thereafter, carcass characteristics and organoleptic quality determinations were carried out. The average liveweight of broilers was approximately 2kg in each dietary group at the 8th week of age, and neither final liveweight nor growth rate was significantly affected by dietary treatment (P > 0.05). Although dressing percentage and carcass weight were similar across the dietary groups (P > 0.05) per cent head and shanks contents were significantly lower in broilers fed the 30% PKC diet (P < 0.05). Inclusion of PKC in the diet resulted in significantly increased gizzard size (P < 0.05). Meat tenderness and juiciness were not affected by dietary treatment; however, flavour was significantly higher in broilers fed diets containing PKC than in broilers fed the 0% PKC diet (P < 0.05). Interestingly, hedonic score for the former was also slightly higher (P < 0.10).

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