Cost Effectiveness of Anak Broiler (Gallus gallus domesticus) Chick Fed Fermented Mango (Mangifera indica) Kernel Composite Meal as an Alternative Energy Source

London Journal of Research in Science: Natural and Formal
Volume | Issue | Compilation
Authored by Favour Abang , Egahi, J.O., Hamber, T.S.
Classification: FOR Code: 070799
Keywords: broiler chick, FMKCM, alternative energy source, maize, cost effectiveness.
Language: English

A twenty-eight day feeding trial was conducted to evaluate fermented mango kernel composite meal as an alternative energy source of feed ingredient in broiler starter.  One hundred and forty-four day old broiler chicks of about same weight were randomly allotted to four dietary treatments comprising of 36 birds . Each treatment was replicated thrice with 12 chicks per replicate in a completely randomized design (CRD). In each of the four diets, FMKCM was used to replace maize at 0%, 10%, 15% and 20% for treatments I, II, III and IV respectively. Feed cost reduced with increased supplementation of FMKCM. Average cost of feed intake per chick was not significantly (P>0.05) different. The cost of feed per gram weight gain reduced across treatments. More saving accrued at 10% inclusion levels, chick fed 0% FMKCM had least profit and RNI. Fermented mango (Mangifera indica) kernel composite meal could replace maize up to 20% in broiler starter diet, however, for maximum profitability, 15% inclusion level is recommended as the optimum  where chick's weight is a price determining factor.



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