Analysis of Drumsticks and Offal of Guinea Fowl (Numida Meleagris) fed Mophane Worm (Imbrasia Belina) as Protein Source and Raised Up to 13 Weeks Under Intensive Management System

Authors : Mogwase, S.S., Moreki, J.C. and Nsoso, S.J.

Volume/Issue : Volume 3 - 2018, Issue 4 - April

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The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of feeding mophane worm as a protein source on the chemical composition of drumsticks and offal of guinea fowl raised up to 13 weeks of age under intensive management system. Ninety-six day old keets were randomly assigned to four dietary treatments i.e., 3% fishmeal (control), 4.5% mophane worm meal, 9% mophane worm meal and 13.5% mophane worm meal. At four weeks of age, keets were transferred to 16 pens (floor space ≈ 0.06 m2 per bird) with six birds per pen and four replicates per treatment. The houses had concrete floor pens with wood shavings. At 13 weeks of age, all birds were sacrificed by cervical dislocation and drumsticks and offal analyzed. Proximate analysis was carried out on the gizzards, livers, hearts and drumsticks according to the AOAC standard techniques. Data were analyzed using the General Linear Model procedure (GLM) of statistical analysis system (SAS) software version 9.2 and least square means were reported

Keywords : Chemical composition, fishmeal, Guinea fowl drumsticks, mophane worm meal, offal.


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