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Effect of Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) Supplementation on Rabbits Performance and Some Blood Parameters

Effect of Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) Supplementation on Rabbits Performance and Some Blood Parameters

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Title: Effect of Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) Supplementation on Rabbits Performance and Some Blood Parameters
Author: Saleh, Safa Mohammed Elmobasher Omar
Abstract: This study was conducted to determine the response of local rabbits to dietary black seed (Nigella sativa). Thirty two male local rabbit age 35 – 45 days with approximately similar initial weight. The Rabbits were distributed randomly to four treatment groups [8 rabbits/treatment with 4 replicates (2 animals/replicate)]. Four rations were formulated with different black seed (Nigella sativa) level (0, 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75%). Feed and water were provided adlibitum. Parameters measured were weekly feed intake, weight gain and body weight. At the end of experimental period blood samples were taken through the jugular vain to determine cholesterol, blood glucose triglyceride, total protein and urea. Results showed the treatment had no significant (P<0.05) effect in feed intake, body weight gain and feed conversion ratio. However, there was a consistent numerical decrease in feed intake and body weight gain with increasing the level of seeds. Rabbits fed on diet containing 0.25 and 0.5% black seed (Nigella sativa) has shown numerical decrease in serum cholesterol level, however, rabbits fed on 0.75% black seed (Nigella sativa) have shown significant (P≥0.05) increase in serum cholesterol level. Increasing the level of black seed (Nigella sativa) in ration numerically decreased blood glucose level and numerically increase blood urea and total proteins level. Rabbits fed on diet containing 0.75% black seed (Nigella sativa) had 43% increase in triglyceride level compared to rabbits fed on control diets. The highest weight gain and the best feed conversion ratio was observed in rabbits supplemented with 0.25% black seed (Nigella sativa).
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/8402
Date: 2007


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