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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2006  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 191 - 193

Effects of Bitter Kola (Garcinia kola) as Growth Promoter in Broiler Chicks from Day Old to Four Weeks Old

O.S. Adedeji, G.O. Farinu, S.A. Ameen and T.B. Olayeni    

Abstract: The effect of different inclusion levels of bitter kola (Garcinia kola) dry seeds powder on feed intake, body weight gain/week, feed efficiency/ week and carcass characteristics of broiler chicks from day old to 4 weeks were studied. 200 broiler chicks of Anak strain were assigned to 5 groups in which each group contained 40 birds 0% (w/w), 2.5% (w/w), 5% (w/w), 7.5% (w/w) and 10% (w/w) dry seed powder of G. kola levels were included in the groups, respectively. Feed intake, body weight gain and feed efficiency were significantly (p<0.05) different. Feed efficiency is highest in 0, 2.5% and lowest in 5 and 7.5% inclusion levels. Absence of mortality was recorded which may be due to the autimicrobial effects of G. kola dry pounder seed inclusion in the diets.

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