Evaluation of Feeding Graded Levels of Dried
and Milled Ficus thonningii Leaves on Growth Performance, Carcass
Characteristics and Organs of Weaner Rabbits
Twenty weaner rabbits of
average initial weight of 535g were fed four diets containing milled
Ficus thonningii leaf meal at 0% 5% 10% and 15% levels to evaluate
its effect on their growth performance and carcass characteristics.
Rabbits were randomly allotted to cages and four dietary treatments
randomly allotted to cages. There were five replications of the four
treatments in a randomized block design trial. The study lasted eleven
weeks. Dietary treatments did not significantly (P>0.05) affect average
daily feed intake, average daily weight gain, carcass and organ characteristics.
However, feed to gain ratio was significantly (P< 0.05) affected by level
of feeding Ficus thonningii. It was concluded that Ficus thonningii
leaf meal could be fed up to 15% level in rabbit diet.
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