Studies on the Effect of Guava Leaf Meal on Growth Performance and Body Composition of Golden Misri Chicks

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Ali Hassan, Iqra khalid, Maqsood Ahmad, Usama Abdullah, Zaeem Shafqat, Muhammad wasim, Shamim Akhtar, Tehreem Iftikhar, Aqsa Sadiq, Noman Waheed


Guava, golden Misri chicks, crude protein, Soxhelt


Guava (Pisidium guajava) is a common tropical fruit cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions. The present study was conducted to analyze the effect of guava leaf meal on growth performance and body composition of golden misri chicks (Gallus gallus). Ten days old, fifteen golden misri chicks were purchased from a local hatchery in Faisalabad and were divided into three treatments after weighting. The treatment T1 was the control group and fed to only a diet without additives, T2 and T3 were experimental groups in which T2 was served a basal diet with 9g of guava and T3 was fed to a basal diet with 18g of guava as an additive. The dietary phase was categorized into two phases; the grower phase and the finisher phase. In the grower phase, chicks were fed a commercial diet and in the finisher phase, the chicks were served with a manually prepared diet. The time duration of the whole research trial was 40 days. The growth performance such as average weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion ratio and specific growth rate were determined on a weekly basis. The body composition in which crude protein was determined by the micro Kjeldahl method, crude fat was determined by the Soxhlet method, moisture was measured by using a drying oven and ash was determined with the furnace at 600ºC by using Soxhlet apparatus. The results revealed that average weight gain increased significantly (P˂0.05) in T3 61.5±4.09 and decreased in T1 59.32±19.0. The FCR rate was maximum in T31.62±0.40 and was minimum in T11.91±0.45.The feed intake ratio was maximum in treatment T3109±30.83 and was minimum inT1 103±8.82. The specific growth rate was maximum in T3 0.58±0.009 and was minimum in T1 0.57±0.055). The crude protein was higher in T3 22.5±0.925 was minimum in T1 20.14±0.625). Crude fat was lower in T3 5.61±1.73and was higher in T1 7.44±0.06).  Moisture content was maximum in T1 70.5±0.06 and was minimum in T3 62±1). Ash content was higher in T31.39±0.01 and was lower in T1 1.16±0.01). The whole data was analyzed by using a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA)

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