Tamburawa Muazu S., Zango Muhammad H., Khaleel Aliyu G. and Makinde Olayinka J.
Date : 2018-04-18 Volume : 10

A feeding trial was conducted to determine the growth response, haematological indices and nutrients digestibility of finisher broilers fed diets containing varying levels of toasted cotton seed cake meal (TCSCM). A total of ninety of 4 weeks old broiler chickens (Anak Strain) were used for the experiment. Five diets were formulated such that TCSCM was included at graded levels 0, 7.5, 15, 22.5 and 30 % dietary levels designated as treatment 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 respectively. The experiment lasted 4 weeks (Finisher phase). The results of the growth performance showed that there were significant differences (P<0.05) in the final body weight (1726.33 – 2121.11g) and daily weight gain (31.00 – 45.06g) with treatments 3 having the highest value among the treatments. Haematological results showed that there were significant differences (P<0.05) in packed cell volume and heterophils. Packed cell volume and Total protein values were higher among birds fed Treatment 3 and 4 (29.00 % and 3.77 g/dl respectively). The results of digestibility of nutrients showed there were significant differences (P<0.05) in the dry matter, crude protein, ether extract and nitrogen free extract digestibilities. Dry matter and crude protein digestibilities were highest among birds fed 15 % TCSCM diet (89.04 and 82.30) compared to those fed other diets. Ether extract and nitrogen free extract digestibilities were significantly (P<0.05) higher in Treatment 3 (15% TCSCM diet). Based on the result of this study, it was concluded that 15 % toasted cotton seed cake can be utilized in the diet of finisher broilers without any depression in growth, haematological parameters and nutrients digestibility with concomitant reduction in the cost of production. 1519407208.php