Performance characteristics of finisher broiler chicks fed varying levels of exogenous enzyme supplemented Bambara seed [Vigna subterranean (L) Verde] offal as Replacement for maize
Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
Department of Animal Science and Fisheries, Imo State University, P.M.B. 200, Owerri, Nigeria
A 28-day feeding trial was conducted using 240 Anak 2000 strain of finisher broilers fed 0, 15, 30 and 45% levels of exogenous enzyme supplemented Bambara Seed Offal (esBSO) in a completely randomized design where esBSO replaced whole maize weight for weight. Each of four dietary treatments was further replicated four times. Routine vaccination and medication typical of broilers were strictly adhered to. The initial weight, final weight, weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion ratio, feed cost/kg and feed cost/weight gain were measured. Results show that birds on control (0%) and 15% esBSO with weight gains 1.73kg each, did not differ significantly (p>0.05) and were superior to those of levels 30 and 45% (1.55 and 1.43 kg respectively). Feed conversion ratio, feed cost/kg and feed cost/weight gain declined as the level of esBSO increased from 0-45%, with 0% having the best FCR. © Asian Network for Scientific Information, 2010.
animal behavior; animal food; article; broiler; controlled study; cost control; cost minimization analysis; diet supplementation; food composition; food intake; legume; maize; nonhuman; nutrient content; plant seed; Vigna subterranean; weight gain; Aves; Bambara; Vigna subterranea; Zea mays