Research Article
Volume 5 Issue 12 - 2020
Effect of Substitution of Polished Whole Black Acha for Maize on Apparent Nutrient Digestibility and Growth Performance of Broiler Chickens
Comfort I Ukim1, Eugenes K Ndelekwute2* and Abasiama Robert3
1Department of Research and Development/Centre for Excellence, Tertiary Education Trustfund, Abuja, Nigeria
2Department of Animal Science, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria
3Department of Animal Science, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Eugenes K Ndelekwute, Department of Animal Science, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria.
Received: October 21, 2020; Published: November 25, 2020


An experiment was carried out on a completely randomized design (CRD) to evaluate the effect of dietary substitution of polished whole black acha (PWBA) for maize on growth performance and apparent nutrient digestibility of broiler chickens. Two hundred and forty (240) day old Abor-acre chicks were used. They were grouped into eight dietary treatments (T). Each treatment had 30 birds, replicated three times with each replicate having 10 birds. Treatment one (T1) which was the control was a diet containing no PWBA and T2 - T8 had 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90 and 100% PWBA respectively as replacement for maize. Both starter and finisher diets contained the same levels of PWBA. The birds were fed and water was given ad libitum for 56 days the experiment lasted. Starter and finisher phases lasted 4 weeks each. At both the starter and finisher phases, 100% substitution gave higher live weight and lower feed intake compared to control. Also 100% substitution gave better crude protein, crude fibre and starch digestibility compared to control. Above 15%, combination of PWBA and maize gave better live weight and higher feed intake compared to 100% substitution. In conclusion, PWBA grains could be used to replace maize grains at 100% in broiler diets

Keywords: Apparent Nutrient Digestibility; Black Acha; Dietary Substitution; Broiler Chickens; Maize


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