Performance Characteristics of Growing Rabbits Fed Diets Containing Graded Levels of Processed Kolanut (Cola nitida) Pod Husks

Authors

  • S. A. Adeyeye Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Nigeria
  • J. O. Agbede The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
  • V. A. Aletor The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
  • O. D. Oloruntola Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Nigeria
  • E. O. Ahaotu Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Nigeria

Keywords:

Kola nut pod husk, performance characteristics, rabbits, rumen liquor

Abstract

Performance characteristics of growing rabbits fed graded levels of processed (ash treated and rumen liquor fermented) kolanut (Cola nitida) pod husks (PKPH) were investigated. One hundred and twenty (120) rabbits were randomly allotted to four (4) dietary treatments at 0, 10, 20, and 30% inclusion levels and designated as diets 1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively. Each treatment group was replicated ten (10) times with three (3) rabbits representing a replicate and was fed ad-libitum for 56 days. Highest final live weight (1777.90g/r), total weight gain (1254.40 g/r) and daily weight gain (22.40 g/r)recorded in rabbits fed diet 3 (20% PKPH) were similar to those fed the control diet (0% PKPH) and diet 2 (10% PKPH) but was significantly (p<0.05) higher than those fed diet 4 (30% PKPH). The feed conversion ratio of rabbits fed diet 4 was significantly (p<0.05) lower than those fed the rest test diets.

Author Biographies

S. A. Adeyeye, Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Nigeria

Department of Animal Health and Production 

J. O. Agbede, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria

Department of Animal Production and Health 

V. A. Aletor, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria

Department of Animal Production and Health 

O. D. Oloruntola, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Nigeria

Department of Animal Science 

E. O. Ahaotu, Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Nigeria

Department of Animal Production Technology 

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2024-07-09

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Adeyeye, S. A., Agbede, J. O. ., Aletor, V. A., Oloruntola, O. D., & Ahaotu, E. O. . (2024). Performance Characteristics of Growing Rabbits Fed Diets Containing Graded Levels of Processed Kolanut (Cola nitida) Pod Husks. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 506–509. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/5396

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