Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences

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Preliminary investigations on the effect of pawpaw peel meal on organ weights, reproductive tract morphometry and the hematology of female rabbits

II Bitto, ZJ Tsebee


Grower female rabbits were fed either a complete concentrate diet or a pawpaw peels based diet at 20% to obtain preliminary information for use in further instigations to establish paw-paw peels as a feed for rabbits. While the animals on the control diet had significantly longer ovaries (P<0.05) and a higher population of monocytes (P<0.05) than the animals on the pawpaw peels diet; growth rate, all other reproductive tract morphometric characteristics, visceral organ weights, endocrine gland weights, and other hematological parameters were unaffected (P>0.05) by dietary treatment.

Keywords: rabbits, pawpaw peels, growth, reproductive tract, endocrine, hematology

Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences Vol. 12(2) 2006: 165-169
AJOL African Journals Online