A. Tijjani, M. S. Sadiq, U. S. Abdullahi, R. Audu, I. Abdusalam


An experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of feeding graded levels (0, 0. 5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2%) of star-apple meal to broiler chickens on Haematological and carcass characteristics. A total of 150 day-old broiler chicks were randomly allocated to five treatments of 30 birds each, replicated three times with 10 birds each in a completely randomized design. Feed and water were given ad- libitum for 3 and 4 weeks during the starter and finisher phases respectively. Haematological parameters and biochemical indices were obtained using appropriate analytical methods. Carcass characteristics were conducted at the end of finisher stage. Haematological parameters and biochemical indices (PCV, Hb, lymphocyte, albumin, creatinine, sodium, were significantly (P<0.05) affected. Carcass analysis showed significant (P<0.05) difference among the treatments in terms of thigh and breast values. Similar trend was observed in visceral organs with significant (P<0.05) difference among the treatments   on the values of liver, kidneys, proventriculus and spleen. The study revealed that inclusion level of Star-apple in the diet of broilers has no negative effect on the blood    biochemical indices and haematology as well as carcass characteristics.


Star apple, haematology, serum, carcass, broiler birds

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