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Research Paper | Agriculture | India | Volume 6 Issue 10, October 2017
Significance of Camel Rumen Content as a Feed for Broiler Chickens
Alhaji Musa Abdullahi | Gambo Mohammed
Abstract: This study was carried out to evaluate the growth performance, carcass characteristics and haematological parameters of broiler chickens fed diets containing graded levels of Camel Rumen Content (CRC) as a replacement for maize and groundnut cake. CRC was included in the diets of broilers at 0, 5, 10, 15, and 20 % and designated as TI, T2, T3, T4 and T5 respectively. Five dietary treatments were formulated. One hundred and fifty day-old broiler chicks (Anak breed) were randomly allotted to five treatments replicated thrice with 10 chicks per replicate in a completely randomized design. Feed and water were supplied ad libitum for 28 days. Means of body weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion ratio of broilers fed the control diet, 5 %, 10 % and 15 % CRC diets were significantly (P < 0.05) better than those fed 20 % CRC diet. Carcass characteristics of birds followed similar pattern with the growth performance. There were no significant (P>0.05) differences in the haematological parameters measured except haemoglobin and mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration. Also, basophils and monocytes were not significantly (P>0.05) different among the differential counts measured. It was concluded that up to 15 % CRC can be included in broilers diet to replace maize and groundnut cake without adverse effect on the performance of birds.
Keywords: Broiler chickens, camel rumen content, performance, haematology, carcass
Edition: Volume 6 Issue 10, October 2017,
Pages: 310 - 314