Fatima GA1*, Hamdon A Abdelrhman2 and Mekki DM1
1Deparment of Animal Production, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Kordofan, Elobeid, Sudan
22Research Associate Lab of Bioresources Sustainable Management in Addition to Department of Forestry and Range, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Kordofan, Elobeid, Sudan
*Corresponding Author: Fatima GA, Deparment of Animal Production, Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Kordofan, Elobeid, Sudan.
Received: September 20, 2022; Published: September 29, 2022
In order to determine the effect of feeding graded levels of baobab seed meal instead of concentrate on feed intake, growth rate, feed conversion rations, and physical properties of carcass of broiler chicks, one hundred and forty four day old mixed-sex of broiler commercial hybrid chicks Ross (308) were purchased. The chicks were randomly allocated to six treatments groups A, B, C, D, E, and F. Each treatment allocated 24 chicks and eight chicks per replicate in a completely randomized design (CRD). The inclusion level of replaced concentrate in the diets were 0% (control), 1%, 2%, 3%, 4% and 5% of baobab seed meal; for groups A, B, C, D, E and F respectively.
Birds were weighed at prior the study and then weekly up to the end of the experiment at 6 weeks of age. Three birds per replicate were randomly selected for blood samples and carcass physical characteristics measurements. Results showed significant (p ≤ 0.05) lower live body weight, weekly body weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion rations for group F compared to other groups. However there were no differences existed between treatments for pH, lightness and yellowness, significant (p ≤ 0.01) high cooking loss percentage and increased value of redness were recorded for birds in group F compared to birds in other groups.
The gross margin analysis showed that the use of baobab seed meal as alternative of broiler concentrate in broiler chick diets economically reduced the total feed cost. Thus as a valuable local cheap ingredient it could be used up to 4% in broiler diets instead of concentrate which improve the chicks weighed gain that lead to maximize financial returns and gave a healthy growth of the hybrid chicks Ross (308).
Keywords: Baobab; Broiler; Carcass; Growth Rate and Financial Return
Citation: Fatima GA., et al. “Impacts of Feeding Graded Levels of Baobab Seed Meal Instead of Concentrate on Growth Performance and Feed Utilization of Broiler Chicks". Acta Scientific Pharmacology 3.10 (2022): 02-07.
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