Research Article of American Journal of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
Comparitve Effects of Moringa Oleifera Pods, Probiotics and Vitamin E/selenium on Body Weight Gain of Abor- Acre Broiler Chickens
1*MUSA, I.W., 1BELLO, Y.M. and 2ANDAMIN, A.D.
1Department of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
2Department of Animal Health and Production Technology, Federal College of Horticultural Technology, Dadin-kowa, Gombe State.
Phytonutrients are reliable solutions to public health concerns on antibiotic resistance and adverse effects of synthetic growth promoters. This study evaluated the effects of Moringa oleifera pods and probiotic on the growth performance of broiler chickens. A total of 100-day-old ABOR-ACRE broiler chicks with average weight of 38 grams were purchased from a hatchery in Ibadan and used for this study. The chicks were randomly divided into 4 groups (A, B, C and D). Group A was fed basal diet supplemented with air dried Moringa oleifera pods powder at inclusion rate of 50g/kg, group B fed basal diet supplemented with a commercial probiotic (Bactofort®) at 0.5g/kg, group C that was fed commercial feed and supplemented vit E/Selenium in drinking water while group D fed only commercial feed served as control. Chickens in all groups were served same quantities of feed and water ad-libitum. Birds were vaccinated against Newcastle disease (B1 and la Sota live vaccines-IZOVAC®) on days 7, 14 and 28. The birds were weighed weekly and feed intake evaluated. Data were analyzed using simple descriptive statistics and two-way ANOVA. Results showed significant difference (p<0.05) of weight gain of birds fed M. oleifera and probiotic. M. oleifera pods powder significantly improved live weight gain thus serving as alternative to commercial growth promoters in broilers.
Keywords: Moringa oleifera, Probiotics, Vitamin E, Growth performance, Broilers
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MUSA, I.W., BELLO, Y.M. and ANDAMIN, A.D. Comparitve Effects of Moringa Oleifera Pods, Probiotics and Vitamin E/selenium on Body Weight Gain of Abor- Acre Broiler Chickens. American Journal of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, 2017; 1:4. DOI: 10.28933/ajobb-2017-09-2804
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