Utilization Potential of Catmint and Better Leaf Aqueous-Extracts on Performance and Physiological Characteristics of Broiler Birds

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Year:
2019
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Broiler, Leaf Extract, Performance, Blood Parameters
Authors:
A., Rafiu T.; D., Shittu M.; A., Adebomi B.; A., Hameed I.; S., Ajao T.; A., Adewale
Journal:
IJRAS
Volume:
6
Number:
6
Pages:
230-238
Month:
November
ISSN:
2348-3997
Abstract:
Prepared Vernonia amygdalina (bitter leaf) and Nepeta racemosa (catmint leaf) aqueous extracts were used as probiotic and growth promoters in a broiler research. The five treatments were established such that T1 was (control), T2 and T3 contained 50ml of catmint extract and 50ml of bitter leaf extract respectively per 1litre of drinking water, T4 and T5 contained bitter leaf and catmint extracts at 25 and 50m/l of drinking water respectively. One hundred and fifty day old unsexed broiler chicks were used for the experiment. The birds were randomly allocated to the five treatments which were equally replicated thrice. Daily feed intake and weekly weight gain were monitored. At the end of the six weeks feeding trial, blood samples were collected from three birds per replicate for haematological parameters and serum biochemistry. Also, three birds per replicate were randomly selected fasted and slaughtered. Defeathered, eviscerated, cut to parts and organs were weighed and their relative weight carcass and life weight respectively were determined. Combination of bitter leaf and catmint extract significantly (P

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