Assessment of goat blood-rumen content as alternative protein source in broiler chicken diets supplemented with aromatic pants


  • R. N. Nwose
  • D. I. Nwose
  • F. N. Nweke
  • J. M. I. Nwenya
  • R. O. Igwe



GBRCM, Protein Source, Broiler Birds, Performance, Superior Feed Conversion


One hundred and twenty, one day old Anak breeds were randomly assigned to five treatment diets. Each group was replicated into four with six birds per replicate. Five experimental diets were formulated with diet 1 (T1) as control, contained 0% Goat Blood-Rumen Content Mixture (GBRCM) and aromatic plants. Diet 2 (T2) contains 10% GBRCM without aromatic plants supplementation. Diet 3, 4 and 5 (T3, T4 and T5) contained 10% goat blood-rumen content mixture supplemented with garlic (Allium sativum), ginger (Zingiber officinale) and rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis). The experiment lasted for 56 days. Parameters evaluated were; body weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion ratio, protein intake, protein efficiency ratio, nutrient digestibility and economics of production. The results showed that birds fed with aromatic plant supplemented had significantly (P<0.05) higher body weight gain, feed intake and superior feed conversion ratio than birds fed with unsupplemented and control. There was no significant (P>0.05) difference on the parameters of the birds fed with control diet T1 and T2 among the treatments. Diet T3 formulated with 10% goat blood-rumen content and 5 grams of Allium sativum indicated the best performance followed by diet T4 and  diet T5 . This showed that the goat blood-rumen content based-diet supplemented with  aromatic reduced the high cost of feed material, ensured greater productivity and has no adverse effect on health status of the birds. The GBRCM based-diet supplemented in the broiler bird's diets reduced the cost of production with no adverse effect on performance.