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Comparative Effect of Moringa oleifera Seed Meal on Nutrient Digestibility of Finisher Broiler Chickens

Adamu Abdulkarim Umar Muhammad Sani Shuaibu Bala Adamu Habiba Muhammad Inuwa Usman Umaru Ahmadu Khalifa Muhammad Aljameel
Vol 8(4), 58-64

This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of Moringa oleifera seed meal on nutrient digestibility of finisher broiler chickens. A total of 150 Hubbard broiler chickens aged 28 days were weighed and randomly assigned to five dietary treatments in a Completely Randomized Design with three replicates of 10 birds each. The birds were fed on fairly isocaloric and isonitrogenous diets of varying levels of Moringa oleifera seed meal for 28 days. The dietary levels were T1 (0% - control), T2 (0.01%), T3 (0.02%), T4 (0.03%), and T5 (0.04%). At the end of the experiment, three birds per replicate were randomly selected and transferred to metabolic cages for five days adaptation period, followed by a 12 hrs fasting and five days total collection of the droppings. The droppings were oven dried, bulked and representative samples taken for chemical analysis. It was found out that apparent digestibility showed significant difference among the treatments (P<0.05) with T2 having the highest and T1 (Control) showed the least digestibility. Nutrient digestibility was found to be; crude protein digestibility did not differ significantly (P>0.05), while crude fibre, ether extract, ash, calcium and phosphorus digestibility differ significantly (P<0.05). The study concluded that inclusion of 0.02% of Moringa oleifera seed meal would enhance and improves apparent and nutrient digestibility in broiler finisher diet.

Keywords : Finisher Broiler Chickens Moringa oleifera Nutrient Digestibility Seed Meal

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