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The objective of the present study was to investigate the performance, haematology and serum biochemical parameters of rabbits fed different levels of fermented Lagenaria brevlifora extract (LBE). A total of fifty (50) weaner rabbits aged 9-10 weeks with an aver-age weight of 405 ± 1.8 were allotted to five treatments with 5 replicates of two rabbit per replicate in a CRD. Treatment 1 was fed 0 ml LBE while 2, 3, 4 and 5 were fed LBE at 20ml, 40ml, 60ml and 80 ml per liter of water respectively and the experiment lasted for 12 weeks. The data obtained was used to evaluate the growth, haematological parameters (PCV, RBC, Hb, MCV, MCH , MCHC, WBC and its differentials ), serum biochemical indi-ces (Albumin, globulin, total protein, urea, creatinine, cholesterol, calcium, phosphorus, ALP, AST and ALT). Result obtained revealed that there was a significant differences (P<0.05) in the body weight gain with T1 (693.7g), T2 (799.3g), T3 (803.8g), T4 (895.1g) and T5 (895.0g) respectively. Similarly, average feed intake showed that T1 (52.86g), T2 (48.58g), T3 (48.57g), T4 (48.44g) and T5 (44.30g). T5 had the best FCR (3.5) followed by T4 (3.79), T3 (4.23), T2 (4.25) and T1 (5.33) respectively. Significant differences (P<0.05) were also obtained in the haematological and serum parameters. However, all values were within fall within the normal physiological range for a healthy rabbit. It was concluded that LBE could be given to rabbits at 80ml/litre without any deleterious effect on the blood pro-file and performance of the animal.

Keywords: Lagenaria brevlifora; rabbits; performance; hematology; serum

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