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Title: Haematological Indices, Feed and Water Intake of Grower Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) Fed Graded Levels of Sheabutter (Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn.) Nut Meal
Authors: Idahor, K. O.
Adua, M. M.
Osayande, U. D.
Kaye, J.
Igoche, L. E.
Osaiyuwu, O. H.
Sokunbi, O. A.
Keywords: rabbit production
unconventional feedstuffs
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: International Journal of Research Studies in Biosciences (IJRSB)
Series/Report no.: Vol. 6;No. 3; Pp 11-17
Abstract: Sixty grower rabbits were allotted to five treatments designated as T1: 0.0% SNM; T2: 2.0% SNM; T3: 4.0% SNM, T4: 6.0% SNM and T5: 8.0% SNM. Data were collected on haematological indices, feed and water intake. Results showed that the feed intake value was 2.7 kg/wk (T5), 2.63 kg/wk (T1), 2.61 kg/wk (T2), 2.8 kg/wk (T4) and 2.97 kg/wk (T2) in weeks 1 to 5, but increased from 3.03 kg/wk in T5 (6th week) to 3.49 kg/wk (control diets) in week 9. In week 2, water intake values ranged from 4.42 l/wk (T1) to 4.6 1/wk (T3) and there was an increase from a range of 4.7 to 4.82 l/wk in week 3 to as high as 5.26 l/wk in week 9 (T4). Haemoglobin value ranged from 7.0 g/dl (T1) to 11.9 g/dl (T5), packed cell volume (27.7 to 40.0%), red blood cells (2.17 to 3.73 x 10¹²/l) and white blood cells were highest (6.48 x 10⁹/l) in T5. The haematological indices evaluated were within the normal range of values reported thus, sheabutter nut meal maybe utilized in rabbit nutrition up to 8.0%, probably with mild or no detrimental effects.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2083
ISSN: 2349-0365
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