OO Oni*, RM Adebayo and AJ Akindele
Department of Agricultural Education, Federal College of Education, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: OO Oni, Department of Agricultural Education, Federal College of Education, Nigeria.
Received: December 03, 2019; Published: December 24, 2019
The experiment aimed to investigate effect of combination of probiotics and prebiotics on the performance and carcass characteristics of broilers at finishing level. A total number of 300 day-old Anak broiler chicks were used to determine the response of broiler chicks to diets supplemented with probiotics (B. cereus) and prebiotics (Mannose). The three hundred day-old chicks were randomly allotted to four treatment groups of 75 birds with 25 birds per replicate in a completely randomized design. The four dietary treatments comprised 500ppm MOS; 250ppm B. cereus + 500ppm MOS; 500ppm B. cereus + 500ppm MOS and 750ppm B. cereus + 500ppm MOS, respectively. Results showed that feed conversion ratio decreased significantly (P< 0.05) from 1.21 at 250ppm B. cereus + 500ppm MOS to 1.05 750ppm B. cereus + 500ppm MOS as more prebiotics were added to the probiotics. Final live weight, eviscerated weight and dressing percentage were significantly (p<0.05) influenced by combination of probiotics and prebiotics in finishing broilers. Final live weight values ranged from 1,650g in birds fed 250ppm B. cereus + 500ppm MOS to 2,080g in birds fed 750ppm B. cereus + 500ppm MOS, while eviscerated weight ranged from 1063.3g at 5ooppm MOS to 1396.7g at 750ppm B. cereus + 500ppm MOS. The same trend was observed for dressing percentage, neck, gizzard whole and liver. It was concluded that combination of probitics and prebiotics at 750ppm B. cereus + 500ppm MOS had positive effect on growth performance and carcass qualities of broilers at finishing stage.
Keywords: Prebiotics; Probiotics; Broiler Finishers; Mannose and B. cereus
Citation: OO Oni., et al. “Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Finishing Broilers Fed Diets Supplemented with Combination of Probiotics (B. cereus) and Prebiotics (Mannose [MOS])".Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 4.1 (2020): 125-129.
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