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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 17 - 20

Growth, Carcass and Reproductive Characteristics of Male Rabbits (Bucks) Fed Raw and Boiled Pigeon Pea Seed (Cajanus cajan) Meal

F.C. Iheukwumere, M.U. Onyekwere and U.E. Egu    

Abstract: Thirty-six (36) 24 weeks old rabbit bucks were randomly assigned to three treatment diets. The treatments T1 T2 and T3 which contained T1 0% control. T2 20% raw pigeon pea seed meal and T3 20% boiled pigeon seed meal and fed to the rabbits in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). The mean body weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion ratio did not differ significantly (p > 0.05) between rabbits on the control T1 0% and T3 20% boiled pigeon pea seed meal, but, however, they differed significantly (p < 0.05) from rabbits on 20% raw seed meal. The dressed weight and dressed percentage did not differ significantly (p > 0.05) between the control and 20% boiled seed meal, however, they differed significantly p < from rabbits on the T2 treatment diets (raw seed meal). Carcass length were similar between the treatment groups. The cut part and organ weights did not differ significantly (p > 0.05) between treatment groups, however, higher values were observed in rabbits fed 20% boiled pigeon pea seed meal. The testis characteristics (testis weight, tunica albuginea weight, testis length width and volume did not show any significant differences (p > 0.05) between treatment groups, however, higher values were observed in rabbits fed 20% boiled pigeon pea seed meal. It is concluded that 20% boiled pigeon pea seed meal supported the carcass and testicular characteristics of rabbit bucks.

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