Utilization of Bread Waste Meal as Replacement for Maize in Diets for Broiler Chickens

Oke ,Olumide Samson


This study was carried out to determine the effects of partial replacement of maize with bread waste meal on broiler chickens. One hundred and twenty day old Marshall broiler chicks were collected from Obasanjo Farm Ltd, Olumore, Abeokuta and used in 56 day feeding trial using Completely Randomized Design (CRD) to assessed the effect of 0%, 10%, 20% and 30% inclusion levels of Bread Waste Meal (BWM) on the performance characteristics, carcass characteristics, sensory evaluation, cost benefit analysis and carcass characteristics of broilers chickens.  The birds were properly managed and fed ad libitum for starter phase (0 – 4 weeks) and finisher phase (5 – 8 weeks).  All routine management and practices including drugs and vaccination programmes were administered throughout the experimental period.  Results showed that the final weight gain ranged from1730.20g/bird to 1980.06g/bird, daily weight gain  ranged from 30.19g/bird to34.63g/bird, total feed consumed ranged from 5405.12g/bird to 5801.60g/bird, feed conversion ratio ranged from 2.9 to3.20 and protein efficiencyratio ranged from 1.57 to 1.74 ratio were significantly different (P<0.05).  The results of cost benefit analysis showed that the feed cost, feed cost/live weight gain were significantly different (P<0.05) as well.  The sensory evaluation results showed that colour, juiciness, flavor, texture and overall acceptability were not significantly different (P<0.05).  It can be concluded that BWM at 0% inclusion as replacement for maize supported improved performance while 30% inclusion level reduced cost of production.

Keywords: Bread waste, maize, broiler.

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