Effect of dietary inclusion of raw Detarium microcarpum seed meal on the performance and carcass and organ weights of broiler chicks
American Journal of Food and Nutrition
The present study was carried out to evaluate the effects of feeding graded levels of raw Detarium microcarpum seed meals (DSM) at 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20%, respectively on growth performance, nutrient digestibility values and carcass characteristics. Two hundred and twenty five (225) day-old 'Sayed' broiler chicks were divided into five treatments of forty five birds each and randomly allotted to three replicates of 15 birds each in a completely randomized design (CRD). Data were collected on feed
... e collected on feed intake (FI), growth rate, feed conversion and protein efficiency ratios, mortality, nutrient digestibility and carcass characteristics. At 10, 15 and 20% dietary levels of raw DSM, there was depressed FI, daily weight gain, FCR, PER, nutrient digestibility and dressing weight and cut-up parts, respectively. The organ weights of the heart, lungs, kidney and proventricus were similar (p>0.05) across the treatments but had progressive higher values with in increased in the dietary levels of DSM. The liver, pancreas and gizzard were significantly (P<0.05) increased beyond 5 % DSM inclusion. The results of this investigation suggest that raw DSM can be included in broiler ration up to 5 % without any adverse effects on the birds.