GROWTH PERFORMANCE AND CARCASS CHARACTERISTICS OF FINISHER BROILERS FED FERMENTED MUCUNA PRURIENS SEED MEAL

Keywords:

Boiling, Performance, Mucuna pruriens, Broiler finishers, Graded levels, carcass

Abstract

A four week feeding trial was conducted to determine the effect of fermented Mucuna seed meal (FMSM) on the growth performance and carcass characteristics of broiler finishers. Two hundred and twenty five (225) five-week old Anak broilers were randomly assigned in a completely randomized design (CRD) to pens. There were three replications of the five treatments in which fermented Mucuna seed meal was fed at graded levels of 0, 5.0, 10.0, 15.0, and 20.0% for T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 respectively. Feed and water were given to the birds ad libitum. The parameters calculated included weight gain, feed intake, feed to gain ratio and feed cost per kilogram gain. Carcass evaluation was also carried out. The results showed that dietary levels of inclusion of FMSM had significant (P<0.05) effect on weight gain, feed intake, feed to gain ratio and feed cost per kilogram gain. The final weight, the weight gain and feed intake of the birds fed 10.0% FMSM were significantly (P<0.05) higher than all other treatments including the control diet. Cost of feed per birds and feed cost per kilogram gain were lower than the control for all FMSM diets. Dietary treatments had significant (P<0.05) effect on dressing percentage, carcass and cut parts weights. The dressing percentage, carcass, thigh, drumstick, breast, wing and back weights were higher for the birds fed10.0% FMSM based diets. It was concluded that inclusion of FMSM in the diets of broiler finisher chicks has beneficial effects at 10% level of inclusion.

Published

2020-06-30