Haematology and Serum Biochemical Indices of Broiler Chickens fed Poultry By-Product Meal Treated with Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)
This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of dietary inclusion levels of poultry by-product meal, treated with ginger on the hematological and serum biochemistry indices of broiler birds. Two hundred and forty broiler chickens were assigned to four experimental diets (constituting the treatments), with each treatment having three replicates of 20 chicks per replicate. Treatment 1, 2, 3 and 4 had levels of 0, 5, 10 and 15 % treated poultry by-product meal respectively. The experimental diets and water were provided ad libtum for 42 days. Data was obtained from laboratory analysis of blood collected from the wing vein of 24 birds (6 birds /treatment). The results obtained showed no significant difference (p>0.05) in all the hematological parameters measured. There were significant difference (p<0.05) however in mean values of Aspartate Transaminase, Albumin, Creatinine, and Cholesterol in the serum biochemistry profile of the birds. It was concluded that poultry by-product meal treated with ginger can be incorporated into broiler diet up to 15 % without any adverse effect on the hematological, serum biochemical indices and the overall health status of broiler chickens.
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