The Effects Of Graded Levels Of Wild Sunflower Meal On Growth And Blood Parameters In Weaner Rabbits

O.S.Adedeji, S.R. Amao, S.A. Ameen, T.B. Olayeni, L.O. Ojedapo, T.A. Ayandiran
2012 Zenodo  
The study was undertaken to know the effects of graded levels of wild sunflower meal (WSM) on the growth and haematological changes in thirty-six (36) weaner rabbits. Six (6) rabbits were placed on each of the 6 dietary treatments containing 0, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25% wild sunflower meal. The average daily feed intakes for the dietary treatments were 55.86 ± 1.70, 52.77 ± 2.20, 50.42 ± 1.6, 48.33 ± 1.20, 46.29 ± 1.60 and 43.29 ± 1.50, respective. The daily weight gains were 12.64 ± 0.58, 14.80 ±
more » ... 64 ± 0.58, 14.80 ± 0.66, 12.04 ± 0.59, 13.06 ± 0.63, 12.90 ± 0.55 and 11.34 ± 0.5g/d for 0, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25% (WSM) inclusions, respectively. No significant differences were observed amongst all dietary treatments for the growth parameters considered (P>0.05). The blood parameters equally did not show any significant difference (P>0.05) except for RBC values (P>0.05). It is therefore concluded that weaner rabbits can tolerate up to 25% wild sunflower meal (WSM) inclusion in their diets without negatively affecting the growth and haemotological parameters
doi:10.5281/zenodo.818264 fatcat:stxk4vsbvna4lgguizhqvcu36u