Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 44, Issue 7, pp 1581–1586 | Cite as

Effect of dietary inclusion of fermented pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) meal on growth, apparent nutrient digestibility and blood parameters of cockerel chicks

  • Abimbola Oladele Oso
  • Olusegun Mark Obawale Idowu
  • Adebayo Vincent Jegede
  • Wasiu A. Olayemi
  • Olubukola A. Lala
  • Adeyemi Mustapha Bamgbose
Original Research


The effect of dietary inclusion of fermented pigeon pea meal (FPPM) on growth response, apparent nutrient digestibility, haematological indices and serum biochemistry of cockerel chicks was studied using 240-day-old cockerel chicks allotted to four dietary treatments consisting of 60 birds each. Four experimental diets were formulated to include FPPM at 0, 50, 100 and 150 g/kg inclusion levels, respectively. Each of the diets was fed to 60 birds replicated six times with ten birds per replicate. The feeding trial lasted for 56 days. Results indicated that final live weight (linear (L). quadratic (Q): P < 0.05), weight gain (L.Q: P < 0.01), feed intake (Q.: P < 0.05) and coefficient of total tract apparent crude protein digestibility (P < 0.05) were reduced with increasing dietary inclusion of FPPM. Similar improved feed-to-gain ratios were obtained for chicks fed the control and those fed a diet containing 50 g/kg FPPM. Coefficient of total tract apparent ether extract and ash digestibility were not affected (P > 0.05) by the inclusion of FPPM. Haemoglobin and serum uric acid concentrations were also reduced (P < 0.05) with increasing dietary inclusion of FPPM. Chicks fed with 150 g/kg FPPM had the least (P < 0.05) packed cell volume, red blood cell and neutrophil count. It was concluded that dietary inclusion of up to 50 g/kg FPPM could be used in the ration for cockerel chicks without imposing any threat on the growth response, nutrient digestibility and blood constituents.


Growth response Haematological indices Nutrient utilisation Serum biochemistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abimbola Oladele Oso
    • 1
  • Olusegun Mark Obawale Idowu
    • 1
  • Adebayo Vincent Jegede
    • 1
  • Wasiu A. Olayemi
    • 2
  • Olubukola A. Lala
    • 3
  • Adeyemi Mustapha Bamgbose
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Livestock ProductionUniversity of AgricultureAbeokutaNigeria
  2. 2.College of Science and TechnologyLagosNigeria
  3. 3.IFSERAR CenterUniversity of AgricultureAbeokutaNigeria

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