GROWTH PERFORMANCE AND CARCASS MEASUREMENTS OF BROILER CHICKENS FED DIFFERENT LEVELS OF RAW SORREL (Hibiscus sabdariffa) SEED MEAL
Kwari, I. D.; Igwebuike, J. U. and Diarra, S. S.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The growth performance and carcass measurements of broiler chickens fed different levels of raw sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa) seed meal replacing soyabean meal as the major protein source were investigated in a 63-day feeding trial. One hundred and fifty day-old Anak-2000 broiler chicks were individually weighed and allotted to five experimental diets in which raw sorrel seed meal (RSSM) replaced soyabean meal at 0 (control), 25, 50, 75 and 100% levels in diets 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively. The diets and clean drinking water were offered ad libitum throughout the period of the experiment. Results of the study showed among others that final live weight and daily feed intake were depressed above 50% level of soyabean meal replacement with raw sorrel seed meal in the diets. Raw sorrel seed meal can therefore replace soyabean meal upto 50% without adverse effect on broiler performance.