Department of Animal Science and Fisheries, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, P.M.B. 5323, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Receive Date: 27 February 2013,
Revise Date: 28 March 2013,
Accept Date: 01 May 2013
This study was conducted using one hundred and eighty (180) day-old broiler chicks, of Anak strain to assess the levels of inclusion of indomie waste meal as a substitute for maize at 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100%. The birds were randomly assigned to dietary treatments using completely randomized design (CRD). Each treatment contained 3 replicates and each replicate had 6 birds. The study lasted for eight weeks (56 days). The inclusion of indomie waste significantly (P<0.05) influenced final weight, weight gain, feed conversion ratio, breast, thigh and back weights. Significant (P>0.05) differences were not indicated in feed intake, neck, shank, wing and drum stick weights. Based on the observation from this study, it was concluded that broilers in the humid tropical region of Nigeria can tolerate indomie waste in the diets up to 100% level as substitute for maize without adverse effect on the performance and carcass yield, but the 25% indomie waste inclusion which yielded the best result is recommended for best broiler performance in the humid tropics.
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