International Journal of Innovative Agriculture & Biology Research 3(2):10-14, April-June 2015


SEAHI PUBLICATIONS, 2015

HAEMATOLOGY AND BLOOD CHEMISTRY OF WEANER RABBITS FED GRADED LEVELS OF ROASTED SUNFLOWER (HELIANTHUS ANNUUS L.) SEED MEAL IN THE SEMI-ARID ZONE OF NIGERIA


1DUWA, H., 1GIRGIRI, A. Y., 2MAINA, M. M., 1IGWEBUIKE, J. U., & *1SALEH, B.

1Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maiduguri, P.M.B. 1069, Maiduguri, Borno State. Nigeria
2Department of Virology and Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri, P.M.B. 1069, Maiduguri, Borno State. Nigeria.
*E-mail: bbsaleh75@gmail.com, Telephone: +2348185927245

ABSTRACT
An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of feeding graded levels of roasted sunflower seed meal on the haematological parameters and serum biochemical indices of weaner rabbits. Thirty-six (Dutch x chinchila) breeds of mixed sexes were used for the study which lasted for nine weeks (63 days). They were matched for weight and randomly allotted to four dietary treatments with nine rabbits per treatment and were replicated three times with three rabbits per replicate in a completely randomized block design. The levels of roasted sunflower seed meal in T1 (control), T2, T3, and T4 were 0, 10, 20 and 30% respectively. The diets and clean water were offered ad-libitum throughout the experimental period. The results of the haematological parameters revealed high significant (P<0.05) difference among the treatment means at different levels of inclusion of roasted sunflower seed meal. The serum biochemical indices showed significant (P<0.05) difference among the treatment means in all the serum metabolite except in blood urea that indicated no significant (P>0.05) difference. From this result, it can be concluded that inclusion of 30% sunflower seed meal as a protein source has no adverse effects on the haematological parameters and serum biochemistry of weaner rabbits.
Keywords: Blood components, Rabbits and sunflower seed meal