A note on the nutritive value of roasted velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens) in broiler diets
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Department of Animal Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Publication date: 2001-08-07
J. Anim. Feed Sci. 2001;10(3):505-510
The nutritive value of roasted Mucuna pruriens var. utilis (mucuna or velvet bean) was investigated in a four-week study using 336 mixed-sex three-week old broiler chickens. The birds were randomly allocated to four dietary treatments. Fifty, 100 or 150 g of mucuna beans, roasted in metal bowls over a wood-fired stove until they turned light brown was included into nutritionally balanced diets. Control diet did not contain mucuna beans. Feed and water were supplied ad libitum. Performance criteria studied included feed intake, growth rate, feed conversion ratio, carcass parameters and mortality. Roasted mucuna beans at the levels of 50 and 100 g kg-1 significantly (P<0.05) improved the growth and feed utilization of broilers. At 150 g kg-1 diet, however, mucuna beans depressed weight gains and feed utilization.
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