A. Lawan, T. S. Olugbemi, S. Duru, P. A. Onimisi, A. Maidala


The experiment was conducted to evaluate the performance of broiler chickens fed graded levels of baobab (Adansoniadigitata) pulp meal (BPM) at the finisher phase. Three hundred broiler chickens (Anak) were allotted to five treatments replicated thrice with 20 birds per replicate in a completely randomized design (CRD). The inclusion levels of the BPM in the diets were 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20% for treatment 1 (Control), 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively. The experiments lasted for four weeks. The total daily intake recorded in this experiment were 103.37g, 104.64g, 104.69 and 107.88 while day weight were 47.35, 47.40, 47.21, 43.22g and 42.09g for the fed 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20% test ingredient respectively. The revealed a significantly lower feed intake (P<0.05) in birds fed 10, 15 and 20 % baobab pulp meal (BPM). Higher (P<0.05) daily weight gains were recorded in birds fed 0%, 5% and 10% BPM. Birds fed 0%, 5% and 10% BPM. Significantly lower total feed cost and total production cost were seen in birds fed test diets while significantly higher profit index and rate of return on investment were recorded in birds fed test ingredients except birds fed 20% BPM that found to be similar with 0% BPM. Birds on test diets were more efficient in feed utilization when compared with birds fed 0% PBM. It can be concluded that Baobab pulp can be included in finisher broiler chicken diets up to 20% for more weight gain and profit but 5% levels of inclusion was seem to be best for this study.


Baobab pulp, Performance, Economics of production, Broiler chicks, Finisher phase

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