F.A. Aderemi, O.M. Alabi, A. Awe
Bowen University iwo,Osun State Nigeria, Nigeria
pp. 338 - 341
Keywords: plantain peels, broilers, performance characteristics
ABSTRACT This study evaluated replacement of wheat offal with biodegraded and un-degraded plantain peel in raising broilers Plantain peels was biodegraded using fungus Three diets were formulated diet I with 12% wheat offal was the control and diets II and III wheat offal was replaced with undegraded and biodegraded plantain peels Ninety day old broilers were randomly assigned to these diets replicated thrice and lasted for eight weeks Results revealed that body weight gain was similar across the diets at both starter and finisher phases Those on control diet had a similar feed intake to those on degraded plantain peel diet, but higher than those on the undegraded plantain peel diet at the starter phase, while at the finisher phase the intake was similar across the diets Feed conversion ratio of those fed control was higher than others at both phases The mortality that occurred could not be traced to dietary treatments. Serum metabolites were within normal range Morphological analysis of the birds revealed significant effect of treatments. In the main plantain peels could replaced wheat offal without adverse effect on the broilers.