Haematological and Biochemical Characteristics of Broiler Finisher Fed Different Feed Forms (Pelleted and Mash)

Author(s): S.U. Ilo, F.C. Maduneme, O.C. Ogbu, M.N. Okonkwo

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Abstract: A 56-day study was carried out to evaluate the effects of two different feed forms on the haematology and serum biochemistry of broiler finisher birds. A total of 90 day old "Sayed" chicks were assigned to three dietary treatments, T1 (mash diet) served as control, T2 (50% mash+50% pelleted) and T3 (pellet diet) in a completely randomized design (CRD) with 30 birds per treatment and each treatment replicated three times with 10 birds per replicate. Feed and water were served ad-libitum throughout the experimental period. Data were collected for haematological and biochemical parameters analysis. The haematological parameters include packed cell volume (PCV), red blood cell (RBC), white blood cell (WBC), haemoglobin (Hb), mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration (MCHC), mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and mean corpuscular haemoglobin (MCH).The biochemical parameters include urea, total protein, albumin, globulin, creatinine, cholesterol and glucose. The haematological parameters showed non-significant (P>0.05) differences among treatment means, while that of biochemistry showed non-significant (P>0.05) differences in all the parameters except urea that differed significantly (P<0.05). Feed forms to a large extent do not pose any deleterious effect on the birds.

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