acta satech Journal of the Life & Physical Sciences Babcock

Ameliorative effect of bentonite-montmorillonite binder in turkey poult fed diets contaminated with aflatoxin
*Oyegunwa, A. S.1;Ewuola, E. O.2;Agboola, A. F.2and Iyayi, E. A.2
1 Department of Agricultural Science, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun Ijebu Ode Nigeria. 2 Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan, Ibadan Nigeria.
3rd of April 2017

ABSTRACT
The effect of different levels of bentonite montmorillonite binder (BB) to reduce aflatoxicosis in turkey was studied. Eighty 21-day old Nicholas turkey poults were randomly assigned to five treatments of four replicates with each replicate having four poults. The experimental diets were: positive control (PC) with no aflatoxin or BB, negative control (NC) with 200g/kg of total aflatoxin, NC + 2g/kg BB, NC + 4g/kg BB and NC + 6g/kg BB. The experiment was observed for 21 days. Aflatoxin significantly reduced feed intake and body weight gain in poults that were treated with aflatoxin and BB. Mortalities were 0%, 56%, 44%, 56% and 38% for diets 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively. Serum protein and albumin were also reduced significantly in poults that received aflatoxin alone and with binder. In summary, there was no significant effect of inclusion of bentonite-montmorillonite binder up to 6g/kg on the response criteria measured in this study.
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