Evaluation of Moringa (Moringa oleifera) leaf meal as a feed additive in broiler chickens diets
Author(s): Antyev M, Wafar RJ and Akyume TT
Abstract: Three hundred (300) Anak – 2000 unsexed day-old broiler chicks were used to investigate the effect of Moringa oleifera leaf (MLM) as a feed additive on growth performance, carcass characteristics, haematological and biochemical indices of broiler chickens. The chicks were randomly assigned to five dietary treatments consisting of four replicates of 15 chicks per replicate in a completely randomized design (CRD). The result of the growth performance shown that birds fed Moringa oleifera leaf meal supplemented diets showed significant (P<0.05) increases in final body weight (FBW) and total body weight gain (BWG) compared with those in the control diet. FBW increased from 2010.25g in T1 to 2474.20g in T5. The feed intake was comparable (P>0.05) among the treatment group, while feed conversion ratio (FCR) of birds fed T4 and T5 diets were superior. There was no significant difference (P>0.05) observed among the relative weights of kidney, lungs, liver, gizzard and the length of intestine. The average live weight, carcass weight, dressing percentage, thigh, breast and wing meat showed significant difference across dietary treatments. It was concluded that 0.1% MLM in broiler diets can be used as natural feed additive for enhancing growth performance, organ development, meat yield and serum cholesterol of broilers chicken.
How to cite this article:
Antyev M, Wafar RJ, Akyume TT. Evaluation of Moringa (Moringa oleifera) leaf meal as a feed additive in broiler chickens diets. Int J Vet Sci Anim Husbandry 2020;5(5):12-17.