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NUTRIENT INTAKE, DIGESTION AND UTILIZATION BY RABBITS FED COWPEA HULL AND SOYBEAN HULL BASED DIETS

ABSTRACT

 A study involving two experiments was conducted to investigate the growth performance of rabbits fed diets containing graded levels of cowpea hull (CPH) and soybean hull (SBH). Thirty-two weaner rabbits of about 6 weeks old were used for the study. In experiment1, sixteen 6-week old hybrid (Chinchilla x New Zealand white) weaner rabbits of both sexes with initial average weight of 730-790g were randomly divided into four groups of 4 rabbits each. The groups were randomly assigned to four treatment diets containing 0, 10, 20 and 30% levels of cowpea hulls. Each treatment group was replicated four times with a rabbit constituting a replicate placed in a four –tier rabbit cages that had a total of 16 hutches per tier. In experiment two, 16 six-week old hybrid (Chinchilla x New Zealand white) weaner rabbits of both sexes with initial average weight of 730-790g were randomly divided into four groups of 4 rabbits each. The groups were randomly assigned to four treatment diets containing 0, 10, 20 and 30% levels of soybean hulls. Each treatment group was replicated four times with a rabbit constituting a replicate placed in a four –tier rabbit cages that had a total of 16 hutches per tier. The experiments lasted for 8 weeks during which the daily feed intake body weight gain, feed conversion ratio, protein efficiency ratio and feed cost per kg weight gain were determined. The haematological parameters, digestibility coefficients, carcass and organ weights were also determined. Results (experiment I) showed that while increasing levels of CPH in the diets had no significant effect on the average daily feed intake, daily protein intake and protein efficiency ratio, they had significant effect (P<0 .05="" .="" 30="" adverse="" and="" any="" as="" at="" average="" between="" body="" coefficients="" cost="" cph="" daily="" decrease="" decreased="" did="" diet="" dietary="" diets.="" differences="" digestibility="" effect="" feed="" final="" gain.="" gain="" generally="" had="" haematological="" have="" hb="" however="" in="" inclusion.="" inclusion="" increasing="" kg="" level="" mch="" mchc="" mcv="" no="" not="" nutrient="" observed="" of="" on="" pcv="" per="" rabbits.="" rabbits="" rbc="" reduction="" resulted="" significant="" such="" the="" to="" treatments="" values="" was="" wbc="" weight="" were="" while="" with="">0.05) on organ weights of rabbits, they had significant ) effect on live body weight, dressed carcass weight and dressing percentage. In experiment 2, dietary treatments had significant effect on final body weight, feed conversion ratio, and daily protein intake. However no significant (P>0.05) differences were observe among rabbits in daily feed intake and average daily weight gain. The effect of treatments on nutrient digestibility coefficients were significant (P<0 .05="" 10="" 30="" adverse="" and="" any="" as="" at="" beyond="" both="" coefficients="" cost="" cp="" crude="" decreased="" did="" dietary="" diets="" digestibility="" dm="" effect="" ether="" extract="" feed="" fibre="" gain.="" had="" haematological="" have="" hb="" however="" in="" inclusion="" kg="" level.="" levels="" mch="" mchc="" mcv="" nitrogen-free="" no="" not="" of="" on="" pcv="" per="" rabbits.="" rbc="" reduced="" sbh="" significant="" significantly="" such="" the="" treatments="" values="" was="" wbc="" weight="" were="" while="">0.05) on organ weights of rabbits, they had significant (P
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Number of Pages101 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
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