Original research (Published On: 23-Jan-2023)

Production responses of Isa Brown laying birds to supplementary dietary levels of Plumeria rubra pod meal

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

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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.


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