Int. J. Biosci.2(7), 59-65, July 2012
An experiment was conducted to determine the performance of broiler chickens fed ginger by- product meal (GBM) supplemented with a multi enzyme preparation (maxigrain©). Birds fed 0% GBM diet performed significantly (p<0.05) better than those fed 15 and 30% GBM diets. Birds fed non-enzyme treated diets also performed significantly (p<0.05%) better than those fed enzyme treated diets. Enzyme also had no significant effect (p>0.05) on the haematological and most serum chemistry profiles of the birds except Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) which significantly (p<0.05) increased with the inclusion of enzyme. Feed cost/kg decreased with increase in GBM in all the dietary treatments, but feed cost/kg gain increased with increase in GBM in the dietary treatments. There was a significant (p<0.05) interaction between GBM and enzyme for final weight, weight gain and feed to gain ratio. Birds fed 0% GBM diet performed significantly (p<0.05) better than those fed 15 and 30% GBM diets. The use of GBM at 15 and 30% did not improve performance of the birds hence lower levels of GBM and other processing methods could be tested with a view of improving its utilization.
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