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International Journal of Agricultural Science Research

International Journal of Agricultural Science Research Vol. 6(4), pp. 018-023, September 2017 ISSN 2327-3321 ©2017 Academe Research Journals


Full Length Research Paper

Carcass and performance characteristics of broiler chickens fed with Cymbopogon citratus  leaf meal as alternative to Mycotoxin binder.

Chioma Gibson Ogbonna1, Akinsoyinu Oladele Akintunde1, Olumide Martha Dupe1, Ajayi Opeyemi Arinola1, Ndubuisi-Ogbonna Lois Chidinma1, Akinboye Olufunso Emmanuel1, Adeyeye Joshua A.2, Ayo-Bello Taofeek1 and Afodu Osagie John1*.

1Department of Agriculture and Industrial Technology, Babcock University Ilisan Remo, Ogun State. Nigeria

2Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Babcock University Ilisan Remo, Ogun State. Nigeria

 Corresponding author. E-mail: oafodu@gmail.com.

Accepted 26 September, 2017


The study used a total of one hundred and eighty day old broiler arbo acre chicks were fed with graded level of Cymbopogon citratus  for 8 weeks in order to check the efficacy as alternative to Mycotoxin binder in aflatoxin contaminated feed of broiler chicken. Six dietary treatments were formulated: A (control diet) B (contaminated feed with aflatoxin) C (contaminated feed with Mycotoxin binder) D1 (contaminated feed with Cymbopogon at 0.01%) D2 (contaminated feed with Cymbopogon at 0.1%) and D3 (contaminated feed with Cymbopogon at 0.2%), respectively. Data were collected and analyse on carcass and performance characteristics with 6 birds representing each treatment in a complete randomize design values were express in percentage of body weight. Results show that performance parameters of final body weight gain feed intake feed conversion ratio are significant (p<0.05) from the control diet but no significant different among the treatment (p<0.05). Carcass and internal organ shows no significant (p <0.05) with the control diet the breast part ranges from 26.04-22n.64% control diet had the highest value while treatment D0.01 had the lowest value the thigh were significantly different values ranging from 12.65-11.42%,  respectively. The internal organ shows significant (p<0.05) across the treatment with C having the highest value for gizzard and diet D2 having the lowest value the liver value ranges from 2.71-2.30 with the control diet having the highest value. It can therefore be concluded that Cymbopogon citratus is effective as toxin binder in poultry feed without any negative implication on both internal and external characteristics of the bird

Keywords: Cymbopogon citratus, Leaf meal, Performance, Carcass