Haematology and some serum parameters of broilers fed decorticated fermented Prosopis africana seed meal

D. Hassan1, N. Yusuf1, M. Musa1, I. Musa-Azara1, R. Barde1, D. Ogah2*, A. Yakubu2, M. Ari2

Abstract. The study was carried out in Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria to compare the effect of decorticated fermented Prosopis africana seeds meal (DFPSM) on haematological and some biochemical values of broiler chickens. A total of 525 broiler chickens (7 days old) Anak 2000 were used. Five experimental diets containing 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100% DFPSM replacement levels for full fat soya bean meal were fed to broilers for 8 weeks. Blood samples were collected and analyzed for packed cell volume (PCV), red blood cell (RBC), white blood cell (WBC), haemoglobin (HB), total protein, albumin and globulin. The results showed the highest PCV (34.32%) and HB (32 g/dl) was recorded on the broilers fed 75% (T ) DFPSM while the least of those values (29.52% and 7.20 g/dl) 4 respectively was recorded in control. There were significant differences (P<0.05) among the groups in PCV, RBC and MCV of the birds. The WBC, MCH and MCHC count showed no significant difference (P>0.05) among treatments. There was no significant (P<0.05) difference in the values of total serum protein, albumin and globulin. The results of this study indicate that DFPSM can be included in broiler diet at 75% level without any deleterious effects on blood parameters.

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