A 49-day feeding trial was conducted to evaluate the effect of poultry droppings-maggots meal (PDM) on growth performance, carcass characteristics, organ proportion, blood profile and economics of production of broiler chickens. 144 (One hundred and forty four) 7-day old Agrited chicks were divided into four groups of 36 and randomly assigned to the four diets in a Complete Randomized Designed (CRD). The birds were fed straight diets containing different replacement levels of poultry dropping-maggots meal (PDM) for fish meal at 0, 5, 10 and 15% designated as diets D1, D2, D3 and D4, respectively. Highest feed intake of (98.30g/d) was obtained from birds fed diet D4 (15% PDM) followed by 93.26g/d from birds fed D2 (5% PDM) while lower but similar values of 86.06g/d and 84.70g/d were obtained from birds fed D1 and D3 respectively. The weight gain of birds fed D1 (31.34g), D2 (30.46g) and D3 (31.29g) were similar (P>0.05) but higher (P<0.05) than that of birds fed D4 (26.64g). Feed conversion ratio (FCR) differed significantly (P<0.05) among treatment groups. FCR values of 2.76, 2.92, 2.70 and 3.70 were obtained from D1, D2, D3 and D4, respectively. Except for wing, head and neck cut part, there was significant differences (P<0.05) in other carcass cut part characteristics measured. Highest dressing percentage of 73.63% was obtained from birds fed D1 followed by those of D3 (70.60%) while the least value of 64.52% was obtained from birds fed D4. There were significant differences (P<0.05) in all the organ proportions measured except the heart, kidney and crop. There was no significant effect (P>0.05) of treatment on haematological indices measured. Total protein, albumin, glucose were similar (P>0.05), but significant differences (P<0.05) existed in values of other blood biochemical indices measured. Lowest feed cost per kg weight gain of 418.50 was obtained from birds fed D3 while the highest feed cost per kg weight gain of 550.56 was gotten from birds fed D4. Highest gross marginal profit of 794.47 was obtained from birds fed D3 followed by 697.91 and 692.12 from D1 and D2 while least values of 494.26 was obtained from D4. The replacement of dietary fish meal with poultry dropping-maggots meal (PDM) for broilers did not show any adverse effect on the birds. However, this study indicated that the replacement should not go beyond 10% PDM for fish meal for optimum performance and cost effective broiler production.
ESSIEN, E (2023). Evaluation Of Poultry Droppings-Maggots Meal As Feed Resource For Broiler Chickens. Repository.mouau.edu.ng: Retrieved Dec 04, 2023, from https://repository.mouau.edu.ng/work/view/evaluation-of-poultry-droppings-maggots-meal-as-feed-resource-for-broiler-chickens-7-2
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ESSIEN, ESSIEN. "Evaluation Of Poultry Droppings-Maggots Meal As Feed Resource For Broiler Chickens" Repository.mouau.edu.ng (2023). Accessed 04 Dec. 2023. https://repository.mouau.edu.ng/work/view/evaluation-of-poultry-droppings-maggots-meal-as-feed-resource-for-broiler-chickens-7-2