Research Article
Volume 6 Issue 7 - 2021
Effect of Guinea Corn Based-Diets Supplemented with Feed Grade Enzymes on Productivity of Broiler Chickens
Uduak L Unah1, Esther D Assam1, Kufre O Ekpo2, Eugenes K Ndelekwute1* and Iniobong M Udo1
1Department of Animal Science, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria
2Akwa Ibom State College of Science and Technology, Nnung Ukim, Ikono, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Eugenes K Ndelekwute, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria.
Received:June 09, 2021; Published: June 26, 2021




Abstract

One hundred and fifty (150) day old unsexed Anak broiler chicks were used in a 56 day feeding trial to evaluate the effect of guinea corn based diets supplemented with enzymes on the growth performance and internal organs of broiler chickens. The birds were assigned to five dietary treatments (T1 - T5) containing 100% maize and 0% guinea corn, 75% maize and 25% guinea corn, 50% maize and 50% guinea corn, 25% maize and 75% guinea corn, and 0% maize and 100% guinea respectively. Apart from the control diet, all the diets contained 0.5% Maxigrain® a commercial feed grade enzyme product containing cellulase, glucanase, xylanase and phytase. Each treatment was replicated three times with 10 birds per replicate with a total of 30 birds per treatment in a completely randomized design (CRD). Feed and water were given ad libitum for 8 weeks. Results showed that at the starter phase diets had no significant (P > 0.05) effect on live weight, feed intake and feed: gain ratio. During the finisher phase, replacement of maize with guinea corn up to 100% compared favourably with maize on live weight, feed intake and feed: gain ratio. Guinea corn did not show negative effect on kidney, liver, spleen, heart and pancreas. In conclusion, guinea corn could replace maize in the diets supplemented with cellulase, glucanase, xylanase and phytase for broiler chickens.

Keywords: Enzymes; Growth Performance; Guinea Corn; Internal Organs; Maize

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Citation: Uduak L Unah., et al. “Effect of Guinea Corn Based-Diets Supplemented with Feed Grade Enzymes on Productivity of Broiler Chickens”. EC Veterinary Science 6.7 (2021): 83-88.

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