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Articles by B.I. Odo
Total Records ( 3 ) for B.I. Odo
  B.I. Odo , B.U. Ekenyem and A.C. Nwamo
  The study investigated the effects of Aloe vera as leaf protein concentrate for cockerels. It was conducted with 72 - day old cockerels which at 3 weeks of age were randomly allotted to 3 dietary treatments of 24 birds each with 3 replicates per treatment. The rations were standard commercial feed 0% (T1), 5% (T2) and 10% (T3) inclusion levels of Aloe vera respectively. The design of the experiment was a completely randomized design and the birds were fed for 42 days with their respective experimental diets. Records were kept on feed intake, body weight gain, feed conversion ratio and mortality trend to the end of the experiment. Results showed that there were significant differences (p<0.05) in weight gain and feed conversion ratio within treatment but no significant difference (p>0.05) on feed intake. Highest overall profit was obtained from the T2 group. The inclusion of Aloe vera at 5% level supports feed absorption and growth in cockerels. This can therefore be used as a good leaf protein concentrate in cockerel nutrition for improved productivity and therefore, profitability.
  B.I. Odo and A.C. Orji
  A six-week old experiment was conducted during the early rainy season of the year to investigate the growth performance of snails fed different forages under intensive rearing. The different forages used in the study constituted the treatment groups and they included: Fluted pumpkin (Telferia occidentalis) leaves (TA), African Spinach (Amaranthus sinensis) leaves (TB), Pawpaw (Carica papaya) leaves (TC) and formulated mash (TD). Thirty two (32) snails of 3 weeks old were divided into the four treatment groups of eight (8) snails each in a completely randomized design. Each treatment group was replicated twice. Result of data analysis showed that there was significant difference (p<0.05) in all the parameters studied which included feed intake, weight gain, feed conversion ratio and shell length increase. Feed intake was highest in TA followed by TC and then TD. The highest weight gain recorded in TD differed significantly (p<0.05) with those of TA and TB. There was no statistical difference between TA and TC. Feed conversion ratio was highest in TB followed by TC and least in TD. Shell length increase was significantly lower (p<0.05) in the TB than the other treatment groups that showed no statistical difference with each other. With TA and TC giving the highest weight gain after TD and high overall feed intake, it may be advisable that heliculturists should use fluted pumpkin or Paw paw leaves in intensive snail rearing. Use of formulated ration may only be in time of forage shortages as may be occasioned by seasonal changes.
  B.U. Ekenyem , T.K.O. Obih , B.I. Odo and F.I.A. Mba
  Sixty 5-week old Marshall broiler chicks were used in a 28-day feeding trial in a Completely Randomized Design, in a deep litter house to evaluate the effect of Chromolaena odorata Leaf Meal (COLM) on the growth performance of finisher broiler chicks. The chicks were grouped into four treatments having 0, 2.5, 5 and 7.5% COLM which were replicated thrice. Feed and water supply were ad libitum. Also medication, vaccination scrupulous sanitation, regular disinfection of the pens and other standard management practices were adopted. Initial weights of the birds, 633.00, 636.67, 630.00 and 585.67 g for treatments 0, 2.5, 5 and 7.5% COLM respectively did not vary significantly (p>0.05). However, significant differences (p<0.05) occurred between the final weights 2120,00, 2096.67, 2003.33 and 1506.67 g for treatments 0, 2.5, 5.0 and 7.5% COLM respectively. Daily weight gain, daily feed intake and feed conversion ratio, showed similar trends for birds on 0, 2.5 and 5.0% COLM which were similar in values (p>0.05) but differed significantly (p<0.05) from the values for birds on 7.5% COLM. Results confirmed that COLM could substitute soya bean as feed ingredient for broiler chicks up to 7.5% but 5.0% is optimal.
 
 
 
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