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Biokemistri
Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology
ISSN: 0795-8080
Vol. 24, No. 3, 2012, pp. 129-135
Bioline Code: bk12019
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Biokemistri, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2012, pp. 129-135

 en The effect of grower feed diet supplemented with Ganoderma lucidum check for this species in other resources against some enteric zoonotic parasites of pigeons ( Columba livia check for this species in other resources )
Osemwegie, Osarenkhoe Omorefosa; Ekaye, Sese-Owei & Ntekume, Ifeoma Cynthia

Abstract

We report a preliminary study on the effect of grower feed diet supplemented with mashed Ganoderma lucidum check for this species in other resources against some enteric zoonotic parasites of wild rock pigeons ( Columba livia check for this species in other resources ) in Benin City, Nigeria. The pigeons were fed ad libitum check for this species in other resources with supplemented and non-supplemented grower feed diet in sawdust-floored squared wooden cages (45 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm) at room temperature for 21 days. They were sacrificed at days 14 and 21 for profiling of their zoonotic enteric parasites. High prevalence (77.7%) of Cestodes (tapeworms) and low prevalence (12.3%) of nematodes were recorded in the control pigeon fed non-supplemented grower feed compared to those on diet supplemented with Ganoderma. Cestodes (Helminths) such as Hymenolepsis carioca check for this species in other resources , Amoebataenia cuneata check for this species in other resources , Raillietina tetragona check for this species in other resources , Raillietina serrata check for this species in other resources , Inermicapsifer spp. check for this species in other resources , Hymenolepsis spp. check for this species in other resources , and a species of nematode ( Ascaridia columbae check for this species in other resources ) were identified in the gastrointestinal tract of the experimental pigeons. A few species (< 8 %) of Trematodes yet to be fully identified were also observed. The low population of helminth parasites and overall weight decrease of pigeon fed with diet supplemented with Ganderma lucidum recorded during the study suggest improved removal of digestive microbes, intestinal health, and gastrointestinal motility. These findings were aimed at contributing to the already existing knowledge on the use of feed additives, probiotics and supplementations in poultry farming.

Keywords
Ganoderma lucidum, pigeon (Columba livia), helminth, zoonotic parasite, cestode, nematode

 
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