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Effect of the Rate of Incorporation of Rubber Seed Cake (Hevea brasiliensis) on the Zootechnical Performance of local Ducks (Cairina moschata Linnaeus, 1758) in Semi-Intensive Breeding in Cote d’Ivoire

Article Category: Life Sciences

DOI: 10.31695/IJASRE.2019.33142

Pages: 170-176

Author: Amanidja Boye Donatien,Soro Dofara,Komara Moussa


A study was conducted on local ducks (Cairina moschata) in the southern forest of Cote d'Ivoire. The aim of the study is to evaluate the growth performance of local ducks fed a rubber seed cake (Hevea brasiliensis) feed in a semi-intensive breeding. In this study, a total of 300 ducklings with an average weight of 50 ± 5 g were used. These animals were divided into 2 batches. Each batch contained 150 ducklings. The experimental batch was fed with a feed containing 25% or 30% rubber seed meal (25% TH or 30% TH) respectively at startup and in growth. The control batch was fed with a feed without rubber seed cake (TH 0%). The ducklings were bred for six (06) months. The mean weight gains obtained between the control subjects (males: 555.6 g, females: 467.5 g) and the experimental batch (males 656.3 g, females: 579 g) were significantly different (P <0.05). The mean average daily gain values were not significantly different (P >0.05), (males: 66.83 g, females: 61.05 g) for the experimental batch and those in the control batch were (males: 59.36 g, females: 53.62 g). The Mean consumption index were not significantly different (P >0.05), (males: 1.8, females: 1.7) for the experimental batch against (males: 2.7, females: 2.1) for the control batch. The incorporation of rubber seed meal into the diet of local ducks seemed to improve the growth performance of these birds.

Keyword: Cote d Ivoire, Local duck, Rubber seed cake, Semi intensive breeding, Zootechnical performances.

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