Carcass and organ characteristics of broilers fed varying levels of honey
The results obtained for carcass characteristics are as presented below. The results showed that there were variation in the figures recorded for the live weight, dead weight, de-feathered weight, full gizzard, flat weight, lungs weight, kidney weight, breast weight among all the treatments. From the study, it was observed that liver weight was highly significant (p>0.05) but numerically birds fed with 20mls of honey had the highest liver weight followed by birds fed 30 mls of honey and the least weight was in the birds fed 10 mls of honey.
The heart weight was significantly (p>0.05) affected by honey, though 20 mls of honey fed birds had the largest heart weight, but it was not significantly different (p<0.05) from birds fed 30 mls of honey while birds fed 10 mls of honey had the least heart weight and testis weight has no significant difference (P<0.05) among the treatments. However, birds fed with 20 mls of honey had the highest weight, live weight, dead weight, neck weight, back weight, liver weight, heart weight and trachea weight. The empty crop weight appeared same for all the inclusion at different meals of honey.
Keywords: Meat, Honey, Weight gain