European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience

European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience


European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience
European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience
Vol. 8, Issue 4 (2020)

Nutritional and growth performance of feeding polylathia longifolia leaf meal as partial replacement of wheat offal in the diet of broiler chicks


Oluwafemi RA, Akinbisola SA, Alagbe JO

A total of two hundred and fifty (250) one day old (Ross 308) broiler chicks of mixed sex were used to determine the nutritional and growth performance of feeding Polyalthia longifolia leaf meal (PLM) as partial replacement of wheat offal in the diet of broiler chicks. Birds were divided to five treatments with five replicates of ten (10) birds in a completely randomized design. Treatment 1 (T1) was fed diet with no PLM, T2, T3, T4 and T5 were fed diet with PLM replacing wheat offal at 5 %, 10 %, 15 % and 20 % respectively. Results on proximate analysis of PLM revealed the presence of dry matter (91.40 %), crude protein (10.01 %), crude fibre (19.70 %), ether extract (0.18 %), ash (6.02 %) and energy (1510 kcal/kg). Mineral analysis showed that PLM contained calcium (71.22 mg/100g), phosphorus (67.12 mg/100g), potassium (11.23 mg/100g), iron (5.32 mg/100g), sodium (92.31 mg/100g) and magnesium (19.33 mg/100g). Qualitative phytochemical analysis revealed the presence of alkaloids (1.08 mg/100g), tannins (2.21 mg/100g), flavonoids (13.10 mg/100g), terpenoids (3.09 mg/100g) and phenols (2.28 mg/100g). Weight gain, Average daily feed intake and feed: gain were significantly influenced by PLM (P<0.05). Birds in T1 had the highest mortality (3.00 %) while T2 recorded (1.26 %), none was recorded in T3, T4 and T5 (P<0.05).It was concluded that PLM could be used to replace wheat offal up to 20 % without causing any negative effect on the general performance of birds.
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Oluwafemi RA, Akinbisola SA, Alagbe JO. Nutritional and growth performance of feeding polylathia longifolia leaf meal as partial replacement of wheat offal in the diet of broiler chicks. European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience, Volume 8, Issue 4, 2020, Pages 17-21
European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience