Effects of Dietary Intake of Moringa oleifera Leaf Meal on The Growth Performance of Pullet Chicks

DOI: 10.18805/ag.D-189    | Article Id: D-189 | Page : 194-198
Citation :- Effects of Dietary Intake of Moringa oleifera Leaf Meal on The Growth Performance of Pullet Chicks.Agricultural Science Digest.2020.(40):194-198
C.U. Ugwuoke, G.E. Eze, R.N. Mgbenka, B.A. Omeje, E.C. Osinem, N.S. Machebe cajethan.ugwuoke@unn.edu.ng
Address : Department of Agricultural Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
Submitted Date : 16-08-2019
Accepted Date : 30-03-2020

Abstract

This study determined the effects of dietary intake of Moringa Oleifera  (M. oleifera) leaf meal on growth performance of pullets. Two hundred and forty Isa Brown day-old chicks were randomly allotted to 4 different treatment groups and each treatment had 3 replicates of 20 chicks each. At 4th week of age, birds in group 1 (T1)were fed with 16% crude protein (CP) grower diet (control feed; 0.0% M. oleifera) whereas birds in groups 2 (T2), 3 (T3) and 4 (T4) received the control feed supplemented with 2.5%; 5.0% and 7.5% M. oleifera leaf meal, respectively. Results indicate that although intake of  M. oleifera leaf meal did not affect final body weight and weight gain of the pullets (P>0.05), feed intake of the pullets declined significantly (P<0.05) as the amount of dietary M.oleifera intake was increased from 2.5% to 7.5%. Feed conversion ratio of T4 group was better (P<0.05) than those of control birds.

Keywords

Moringa oleifera leaf meal Performance Pullet

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