Growth Performance, Biochemical Indices and Linear Body Measurement of Finisher Broiler Chickens Fed Varying Levels of Gongronema latifolium Leaf Meal

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Published: 2022-03-05

Page: 81-89


C. O. Osita

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

C. Ezenwosu *

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

C. C. Nwoga

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

M. O. Onodugo

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

M. C. Ogwuegbu

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

N. W. Anizoba

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

F. U. Ude

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

J. E. Ubi

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

U. C. Emezie

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

A. E. Onyimonyi

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Growth performance, biochemical indices and linear body measurement of finisher broiler chickens fed varying levels of Gongronema latifolium leaf meal (GLLM) were investigated. A total of hundred and twelve (112) Anak broiler strains of mixed sex were used for the study. The birds after brooding them together for 4 weeks were weighed and randomly assigned to four dietary treatments (T1, T2, T3 and T4) in a completely randomized experimental design with twenty eight (28) birds per treatment. Each treatment was replicated four times with seven (7) birds per replicate. Inclusion levels of GLLM in the feed were as followsːT1 (control) = 0 % GLLM, T2 = 0.5% GLLM, T3 = 1% GLLM and T4 = 1.5 % GLLM.  Results showed significant (P<0.05) differences in the mean values for average daily feed intake (ADFI), average daily weight gain (ADWG) and feed conversion ratio (FCR) among the treatments. Moreover, there were significant (P<0.05) differences in the mean values for the body length and breast girth among the treatments. Biochemical analysis also showed significant (P<0.05) differences in the mean values for potassium and total protein content. In conclusion, birds on GLLM had better growth performance than the control groups and the better performance of birds on GLLM compared with the control suggests that GLLM can be used in broiler production.

Keywords: Gongronema latifolium, broiler birds, anak strain, biochemical indices, chicken, leaf meal


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Osita, C. O., Ezenwosu, C., Nwoga, C. C., Onodugo, M. O., Ogwuegbu, M. C., Anizoba, N. W., Ude, F. U., Ubi, J. E., Emezie, U. C., & Onyimonyi, A. E. (2022). Growth Performance, Biochemical Indices and Linear Body Measurement of Finisher Broiler Chickens Fed Varying Levels of Gongronema latifolium Leaf Meal. Asian Journal of Research and Review in Agriculture, 4(1), 81–89. Retrieved from https://globalpresshub.com/index.php/AJRRA/article/view/1485

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