International Journal of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry
Vol. 5, Issue 1, Part B (2020)
Evaluation of cashew nut meal as phytobiotics in diet of broiler chickens and effects on feed efficiency, growth performance, blood metabolic and antioxidant profiles
Author(s): Yusuf HU and Aliyu-Paiko M
Abstract: This study evaluated the effects of including cashew nut meal (CNM) in feed on feed efficiency, growth performance and other parameters in broiler chickens during feeding trial. Sixty birds were grouped into three treatments, where T1 (0% CNM) was fed commercial diet only. T2 and T3 were experimental groups maintained on diets containing 2% and 4% CNM, respectively. Growth performance, and feed consumption were monitored weekly. Results revealed that T2 differed significantly (P˂0.05) in growth compared toT1 and T3. However, no significant (p>0.05) difference was noted in blood biochemical parameters. Similarly, the values for serum metabolite were also not significantly affected (P>0.05) by the dietary treatments. However, the values of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, and catalase were significantly (p<0.05) higher in T2 and T3 compare to T1 while the values of lipid peroxidation significantly (p<0.05) decreased with increase in CNM in the diets. Based on results in this study, it may be concluded that CNM supplementation in diets could improve immune parameters.
How to cite this article:
Yusuf HU and Aliyu-Paiko M. Evaluation of cashew nut meal as phytobiotics in diet of broiler chickens and effects on feed efficiency, growth performance, blood metabolic and antioxidant profiles. International Journal of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry. 2020; 5(1): 108-114.