GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF WEANER RABBITS (ORYCTOLAGUSCUNICULUS) FED DIETARY LEVELS OF UREA TREATED RICE OFFAL

J. A. Ubua, C. Peter, E. F. Istifanus, I. Inuwa

Abstract


The growth performance of weaner rabbits (Oryctolaguscuniculus) fed dietary levels of urea treated rice offal was carried out. The study was to determine the effect of urea treated rice offal on the growth performance of weaner rabbits. The rice offal was included at graded levels of 10% (untreated control), 10% (urea treated rice offal), 15% (urea treated rice offal and 20% (urea treated rice offal) in the four treatment and designated as T1, T2, T3, and T4respectively. Twenty (20) weaner rabbits were used in this study. The rabbits were weighed and randomly assigned to the four treatment diets with five rabbits per treatment in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). The performance parameters measured were; initial weight, final weight, average daily weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion efficiency (FCR). Results from the study showed that there was no significant (P<0.05) differences in parameters measured except in average daily weight gain and feed intake. Values obtained for average final were T1 (1028.40g), T2 (1080.20g), T3 (934.40g) and T4 ­(1112.40g) respectively. However, rabbits on diet T4 (20%) performed better (1114.40g) in their final weight and recorded the highest average weight gain of 602.40g. Conclusively, including urea treated rice offal at 20% which is non-toxic, can support growth of weaner rabbits.


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Performance, weaner, rabbits, urea treated rice offal

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