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ISRN Veterinary Science
Volume 2012, Article ID 726515, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/726515
Research Article

Effect of Aqueous Extract of Telfairia occidentalis Leaf on the Performance and Haematological Indices of Starter Broilers

Department of Animal Science, Ebonyi State University, PMB 053, Nigeria

Received 30 November 2011; Accepted 9 January 2012

Academic Editors: M. H. Kogut and A. Laukova

Copyright © 2012 Onu P. N. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This experiment was conducted to determine the effect of aqueous extract of Telfairia occidentalis (Fluted Pumpkin) leaf on the performance and haematological indices of starter broilers. A total of 200, 8-day-old broiler chicks were randomly allotted to five (5) treatments, each with 4 replicate groups containing 10 chicks and fed with standard starter broiler diets. Telfaria occidentalis leaves extract (FPLE) was added at 0, 40, 80, 120, and 160 mL/litre of drinking water. Growth performance and haematological indices were evaluated. Results showed that there was significant ( 𝑃 < 0 . 0 5 ) difference in weight gain, feed conversion, and protein efficiency ratios of the birds among the treatments. Birds fed 80 ml FPLE/litre of water had significantly the highest weight gain and the best feed conversion and protein efficiency ratios. There was no significant ( 𝑃 > 0 . 0 5 ) variations in the feed and water intakes of the birds. Results also show no significant ( 𝑃 > 0 . 0 5 ) difference in haematological indices of birds among the treatments. The results of this study indicate that, for enhanced weight gain and feed conversion efficiency, birds should be fed 80 mL FPLE/litre of water.