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Wayamba Journal of Animal Science

Genetic differences in the body weight and haematological traits of Local and Exotic chickens fed graded levels of Moringa oleifera seed meal

Dr. Adeyinka oye AKINTUNDE, Dr. Afolabi Ayokunle TOYE and Dr. Abimbola Alice OGUNDERE
WJAS ID 1555069883 Date : 2019-05-15 Volume : 11

Moringa oleifera (Lamarck) seed is a potential novel feedstuff that can be incorporated into poultry nutrition in Nigeria. Moringa oleifera is a potential cheaper alternative than the current conventional feedstuff. However, the performance response may vary between different chicken genotypes.The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of dietary inclusion of Moringa oleifera Seed Meal (MOSM) on performance and morphometric body parameters of local and exotic chickens. Diets containing 0, 5, 10 and 15 % MOSM were used. The comparative effects of dietary inclusion of MOSM on the performance and morphometric body parameters of local and exotic chickens were studied. Data obtained were subjected to analysis of variance using the general linear models of SPSS Version 22. The findings of this study were that; chickens fed 5% MOSM had the best morphometric body parameters (p<0.05). Haematological parameters increased significantly (p<0.05) with increasing level of MOSM. This study concluded that 5% dietary inclusion of MOSM would improve growth performance in Marshall. 10% MOSM dietary inclusion would contribute to optimum growth performance in YENLC. The study recommended that up to 5% MOSM can be included in chickens’ diet irrespective of the genotype for optimum performance.

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