The growth performance, feed digestibility, economy of production and blood parameter of cockerel chicks fed diets with Garlic as feed addictive (0, 1.5, 3.0 and 4.5%) was evaluated in a trial that lasted 8 weeks. Two hundred and forty (240) day old cockerel chicks of the black strain were used; they were randomly allotted to four treatments each representing the level of Garlic addition, with 60 chicks per treatment of three replicates each. The four diets were almost isocaloric and isonitrogenous. Feed and water were offered to the birds daily and data were collated on feed intake, weight gain digestibility of nutrients, serum metabolites and haematological parameters. All data were subjected to ANOVA. The treatments had comparable levels of initial body weight (90.0 g), daily weight gain per bird (6.02 ± 0.39 g) and feed conversion ratio (5.43 ± 0.5 g), while the daily feed intake per bird was significantly (P<0.05) varied and least at 4.5% inclusion level, with corresponding highest (#25,489) profitability and best (P<0.05) digestibility of crude protein, NFE and ether extract. Highest (P<0.05) PCV, Hb, RBC, WBC and lymphocyte was obtained at 4.5% level of inclusion, with corresponding high level of plateles and significantly (P<0.05) depressed urea (3.13 g/dl). The use of garlic in cockerel chicks’ nutrition up to 4.5% is beneficial, for the enhancement of growth, digestibility wellbeing and profitability.
Dr. Kehinde, Abiodun Solomon
Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism, Forestry Research Institute of Jericho, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Babatunde, Taiye Oluwasola
Department of Forestry Technology, Federal College of Forestry, Jericho, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Kehinde, Olujide Johnson
Onigambari Forest Reserve, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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