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Research Article Volume 5 Issue 5

Influence of Gliricidia (Gliricidia sepium) and Avocado (Persea americana) Leaf Meal on Performance, Carcass and Relative Organ Characteristics of Broiler Chickens

Muyiwa Adegbenro*, Akinlolu O Ayeni, Elizabeth S Oyedokun, Oyinyechi E Dick, Ifeoluwa O Olaseinde, Taiwo O Oladayo and Johnson O Agbede

Department of Animal Production and Health, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: Muyiwa Adegbenro, Department of Animal Production and Health, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.

Received: April 03, 2023; Published: April 30, 2023

Abstract

This study evaluates the effects of composite leaf meal from two leaves on the performance of broiler chickens when used as a supplement. Fresh Gliricidia sepium and Persea americana leaves were harvested, air-dried, and milled to produce leaf meals and then mixed in ratio 1:1 to form a composite leaf meal of Gliricidia–Avocado leaf meal (GALM). A basal diet was formulated and divided into four portions, the composite leaf meal was then added to these portions at 0, 4, 8, and 12g/kg and designated diets I, II, III, and IV, respectively. Two hundred (200) day-old broiler chicks of Arbor acre breed were randomly allotted to the four (4) dietary treatments replicated five (5) times with ten (10) chicks per replicate in a Completely Randomized Design. The respective diets were fed to the chicks ad libitum from 1 – 42 days. All data collected were subjected to analysis of variance using SPSS version 25 package. Results showed that final weight and total weight gain were significantly (P < 0.05) influence among the parameters measured. Birds fed the test diets were observed to be more improved for all parameters measured than those fed the control diet. All the carcass and relative organs parameters were not significantly (P > 0.05) affected except the spleen, which was significantly (P < 0.05) higher in birds fed diet III (1.28 ± 0.11g/kg) than those fed other diets. GALM supplemented up to 12g/kg level in broiler chicken diet improves the growth performance characteristics and muscle development.

Keywords: Composite Leaf Meal; Supplement; Carcass; Relative Organ Characteristics

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Citation

Citation: Muyiwa Adegbenro., et al. “Influence of Gliricidia (Gliricidia sepium) and Avocado (Persea americana) Leaf Meal on Performance, Carcass and Relative Organ Characteristics of Broiler Chickens Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 5.5 (2023): 71-76.

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Copyright: © 2023 Muyiwa Adegbenro., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




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