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Effect of Supplementation of Moringa oleifera (LAM) Leaf Meal in Layer Chicken Feed

D.W. Gakuya, P.N. Mbugua, S.M. Mwaniki, S.G. Kiama, G.M. Muchemi and A. Njuguna
Department of Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, 1 Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, 2 Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 3 P.O. Box 29053, 00625 Kangemi, Nairobi Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 4 University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 30197, 00100, Nairobi
Abstract :

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of supplementing Moringa oleifera leaf meal (MOLM) at different levels in layers feed. Layers mash was formulated using raw materials obtained from local feed manufacturers and MOLM was included in the various diets at levels of 0% (T1), 1.25% (T2), 2.5.% (T3), 5% (T4), 7.5% (T5), 10% (T6). Diet 1 (T1) was added Canthacol® at a rate of 1 g/kg of feed while diet 7 (T7) was a commercially prepared feed. Twenty eight thirty week-old ISA Brown layer birds were selected from a flock and randomly allocated to seven treatment groups with 2 replicates of two birds each and the diet feeds introduced. Feed intake, weight gain, egg production, egg yolk color, egg weights, egg yolk color acceptability were determined. Eggs from randomly selected outlets of 4 leading supermarkets had their egg yolk colour score determined. The increase in MOLM levels had no effect on feed intake, weight gain, acceptability of boiled eggs by consumers and egg weights (p<0.05). The average egg yolk color score and the total eggs laid in the various treatments were significantly different (p<0.05) depending on the levels of MOLM in the diets. However, there was no significant difference in egg yolk colour score between the eggs from MOLM diets and those from supermarkets. There is need to investigate further the factors responsible for the yellow-orange colour of the eggs and the possibility of utilization of MOLM in commercial layers feed production.

Keywords :
Moringa oleifera leaf meal, layers birds, feed intake, egg pr oduction, egg yolk colour, layers mash

Date Deposited : 24 Mar 2015 10:30

Last Modified : 24 Mar 2015 10:30

Official URL: http://www.pjbs.org/ijps/ab2538.htm

Volume 13, Number 7, - 2014 , ISSN 1682-8356

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