Effect of Heavy Metals in Borehole Water on Broiler Chickens in Delta State

Authors

  • J. U. Unukevwere Delta State University Abraka
  • A. D. Ologhobo Timothy University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
  • T. Kuka Federal College of Agriculture, PMB 7008, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
  • O. Obakanurhe Delta State University Abraka

Keywords:

muscle tissues, heavy metals, chicken, Serum, Drinking water

Abstract

This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of heavy metals from the environment through ground water on chickens in some selected farms in Delta State, Nigeria. Concentration of some heavy metals Cadmium (Cd), Vanadium (V), Nickel (Ni), Iron (Fe) and Mercury (Hg) in ground water and their bioaccumulation in chicken tissues were evaluated and compared with the World Health Organization (WHO) standard for drinking water. 21 poultry farms were selected, water samples were collected analysed for Cd, Fe, Ni, V and Hg. Blood samples were also collected from broilers from these farms into sterile bottles and allowed to coagulate. The results indicated that heavy metals concentration in water samples were high compared to WHO standards for drinking water.

Author Biographies

J. U. Unukevwere, Delta State University Abraka

Department of Animal Science, 

A. D. Ologhobo Timothy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

Department of Animal Science,

T. Kuka, Federal College of Agriculture, PMB 7008, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Department of Animal Health and Production 

O. Obakanurhe, Delta State University Abraka

Department of Animal Science, 

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Published

2024-07-09

How to Cite

Unukevwere, J. U. ., Ologhobo Timothy, A. D. ., Kuka, T. ., & Obakanurhe, O. (2024). Effect of Heavy Metals in Borehole Water on Broiler Chickens in Delta State. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 1173–1176. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/6249

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