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Effects of Feeding Varying of Castor Fruit Meal (Ricinus communis) on Performance Characteristics of Layers

Author(s): Olayeni,T.B. | L.O. Ojedapo | O.S. Adedeji | T.A. Adedeji | S.A. Ameen

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 5;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 515;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Effect castor fruit meal | performance characteristics | layers

A site week feeding trial was conducted to study the effects of varying levels of castor fruit meal (CFM) on 40-week old Shavers 579 strains layers. Sixty-four layers were allotted to four dietary treatments, 1,23 and 4 which contained 0, 3.5, 7.0 and 14% castor fruit meal respectively. Layers in group (control diet) was significantly better (p0.05) among the four dietary treatments in body weight, egg index, yolk percentage, albumen percentage, shell thickness and Haugh units. This study reveals that the inclusion of CFM in the diet of layers has adverse effects on their performance characteristics that are valued by poultry operators.
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