Effects of inclusion of guava fruit processing by-product in broiler chicken diets on performance
Edith Ogega1, Charles Gachuiri1, Joyce Maina1, George Abong2
1University of Nairobi, Dept. of Animal Production, Kenya
The use of fruit wastes as animal feed can contribute to meeting the feed insufficiency existing in most developing countries and simultaneously help mitigate environmental pollution and green gas emission from these wastes. A study to determine the effects of the inclusion of guava fruit processing by-product in broiler chicken diets on performance was carried out. Ripe pink guava fruits were crushed and sieved to separate the pulp from the guava by-product consisting of peels, seeds, and other fibrous content. The guava by-product was sun-dried and included in isocaloric and isonitrogenous broiler chicken diets at 4 different levels 0%, 2.5%, 5% and 7.5% in both starter and finisher rations. One hundred and sixty (160) day-old cobb-500 broiler chicks obtained from a reputable commercial hatchery were randomly allocated to the four diets and replicated four times with ten birds in each replicate. The feed intake and body weight were monitored for 42 days. The feed conversion ratio for the period was determined.
Keywords: Broiler chicken, feed intake, guava by-product, performance
Contact Address: Edith Ogega, University of Nairobi, Dept. of Animal Production, 40200 Nairobi, Kenya, e-mail: ogegaedith3gmail.com