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The Effect Of Physiological Status On Nutrient Digestibility and some Blood Parameters Of The NewZealand White Doe Rabbit

HA Awojobi
GO Opiah
G Sotiminu


This study was designed to investigate the possible effects of physiological status (non-pregnant, pregnant and lactating) on the nutrient digestibility and some blood parameters of Newzealand female rabbits. Nutrient intake was significantly (P < 0.05) higher in lactating rabbits than in pregnant and non-pregnant rabbits. Values were however not significantly (P > 0.05) different between pregnant and non-pregnant does. There were no significant (P > 0.05) differences in nutrient digestibility and hematological indices for the three physiological states.

Blood glucose and total proteins were significantly (P < 0.05) lower in lactating does compared to the pregnant and non-pregnant does. Globulin was however significantly (P < 0.05) higher in pregnant and lactating does than in the non-pregnant.

Key words: Physiological status, Nutrient digestibility, Blood parameters, Newzealand White Rabbits

Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and the Social Sciences Vol.2(2) 2004: 95-103