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A preliminary study on the entomophagous response of Gallus gallus domesticus (Galliformes: Phasianidae) to adult Periplaneta americana (Blattaria: Blattidae)

Authors
  • Aigbodion, Felix Iruobe1
  • Egbon, Ikponmwosa Nathaniel1
  • Erukakpomren, Eseoghene2
  • 1 University of Benin, Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, Benin City, Nigeria , Benin City (Nigeria)
  • 2 University of Benin, Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Benin City, Nigeria , Benin City (Nigeria)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Tropical Insect Science
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2012
Volume
32
Issue
3
Pages
123–125
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S1742758412000276
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Insect-enhanced diets of Periplaneta americana (L.), in separate combinations with Zea mays L. and starter mash/finisher, were fed to 4-week-old birds, Gallus gallus domesticus L., over a period of 13 weeks to identify alternative and relatively cheaper sources of protein for poultry birds. Within the first 3 weeks of feeding, the body weight of the birds was not significantly (P > 0.05) different from each other, whereas a significant (P = 0.009) trend arose at week 8. This preliminary study shows that insect-enhanced meals could be used as an alternative feed within the formative stage of development of G. domesticus.

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