Ahaotu EO, C.F. Ezeafulukwe, E.C. Oko and S.O. Marvellous
J. Vet. Res. Adv., 05 (01):01-14
Ahaotu EO: Department of Animal Production and Health Technology, Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Nigeria
C.F. Ezeafulukwe: Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
E.C. Oko: Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
S.O. Marvellous: Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Nigeria
Article History: Received on: 06-Oct-22, Accepted on: 16-Jan-23, Published on: 23-Jan-23
Corresponding Author: Ahaotu EO
Citation: Ahaotu EO, Ezeafulukwe CF, Oko EC, Marvellous SO, Okeke AW, Ahaotu VC, Patricio R and Mbachu MU (2023). Production responses of Isa Brown laying birds to supplementary dietary levels of Plumeria rubra pod meal. J. Vet. Res. Adv., 05 (01):01-14
Aim: The study was aimed to investigate the effect of dietary Plumeria rubra pod meal (PRPM) as a natural alternative to antibiotic on the growth performance, egg laying and carcass yield of Isa Brown Layer birds.
Method and materials: A total of sixty points of lay birds were randomly weighed and assigned to four dietary treatments having 15 birds in each. Each dietary treatment had three replicates of 5 birds and was reared in floor pens. Birds were distributed in 4 different inclusion levels of PRPM in diets; 0.0%, 10.0%, 15.0% and 20.0% respectively. The birds were fed the experimental diets and water was provided ad-libitum throughout the experimental period.
Results: The results showed that significant (P<0.05) effect on final body weight and weight gain in dietary supplementation of 15% PRPM as compared to that of control group. Better feed conversion (1.53) was observed at 15% PRPM group. Different levels of PRPM exhibit significant influence on egg laying performance of layers. There was no significant difference (P>0.05) observed among the average live weight, thigh meat, wing meat and drumstick meat. Lower mortality was found on diet supplemented with PRPM.
Conclusion: It was concluded that 15% PRPM in layer diets
can be used as natural feed additive for enhancing growth performance and egg
lay in layer production.