Mucuna pruriens seeds given in broiler diets on growth performance and carcass yield


  • Ronald Herve Santos Ricalde Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan
  • Luis Sarmiento Franco
  • Francisco Lopez Santiz
  • Carlos Sandoval Castro



The aim of this study was to evaluated the effect of soaked Mucuna pruriens (MP) seeds in tap water, acid or alkaline solution + cooking on its L-Dopa content and on the productive performance of broiler chickens. Ninety-six sexed chicks aged 21-days old with an initial live weight of 720 ± 80 g were used. Four diets were used, a control without MP (C) and three diets including 25 % MP: a) soaked MP in tap water + cooking (WMP); b) soaked MP in acetic acid solution + cooking (AAMP); c) soaked MP in calcium hydroxide solution + cooking (CHMP). The alkaline treatment reduced 71 % of L-Dopa in comparison to acid or water treatment (53 % and 41 % respectively). In the starter phase, the acid group had the lowest live weight gain (p<0.05) and highest feed conversion ratio when compared to control (p<0.05). Productive performance of birds fed with CHMP and C group was similar (p>0.05). In the finisher phase, there was not statistical difference in feed intake, live weight gain and feed conversion ratio among treatments (p>0.05). No differences were observed in carcass yield (p>0.05), but, the birds fed MP or AAMP had a heavier liver than birds on C group (p<0.05). Results shown that 25 % of CHMP can be used as feedstuff for broiler chickens without negative effects in their productive performance.


Keywords: Velvet bean, L-Dopa, Poultry, weight gain.


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Santos Ricalde, R. H., Sarmiento Franco, L., Lopez Santiz, F., & Sandoval Castro, C. (2019). Mucuna pruriens seeds given in broiler diets on growth performance and carcass yield. Ecosistemas Y Recursos Agropecuarios, 6(16), 121–127.




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