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Journal of Tropical Agriculture, Food, Environment and Extension
 

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Article No 3 of Volume 1.2 (2002)
 
    
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EFFECTS OF TRONA TREATMENT ON THE FEEDING VALUE OF JACKBEAN (Canavalia - ensiformis) FOR BROILER BIRDS

B. O. Esonu, A. B. I. Udedibie, O. T. Oguntuase and U. K. Nduaka

Department of Animal Science and Technology

Federal University of Technology

Owerri

 

 

ABSTRACT

 

35 - day feeding trial was conducted to evaluate the effects of trona on the nutritive value of jackbean. One batch of jackbean was soaked for 48 hours in trona solution (3% of the weight of jackbean) prior to cooking for 30 minutes, dried and ground into meal. The second batch was cooked directly in the presence of trona (3% of the weight of jackbean) for 30 minutes, then dried and ground into meal. Jackbean meals so prepared were then used to formulate broiler finisher diets at 0%, 20%, 25%, and 30% levels respectively (Table 3). Two hundred and eighty (280), 21-day old broiler chicks were divided into 7 groups and each group randomly assigned to the 7 treatment diets in a completely randomised design (CDR). Each group was further sub-divided into four replicates. Feed and water were provided ad-libitum. The results of this trial suggest that jackbean meals so prepared significantly  (P < 0.05) depressed performance of broiler finishers at all levels tested. When compared with the control, mortality was similar in all cases.

 

Key words: Trona treatment, Jackbean feeding value, Broiler birds

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