IDIONG, M. N.
IDIONG, N. B.
EYOH, G. D.
Department of Animal Science
Akwa Ibom State University
Ikot Akpaden, Nigeria.
Department of Forestry and Wildlife,
University of Uyo
A four-month feeding trial was conducted at the snailery unit of the Teaching and Research Farm of Akwa Ibom State University, Obio Akpa Campus, to determine the effect of three feed supplements to a basal diet of ripe pawpaw on the performance of snails (Archatina Marginata). The diets which constituted the treatments were ripe pawpaw + poultry litter (treatment 1), ripe pawpaw + maize chaff (treatment 2) and ripe pawpaw + forages (treatment 3/control). The treatments were
replicated thrice with each replace receiving five snails. The experiment was arranged in a completely randomized design. Parameters evaluated included feed intake, body weight, body weight gain, feed conversion ratio, shell length, shell width, shell mouth length and mortality rate. With the exception of mortality rate where no incidence was recorded throughout the experimental period, significant differences (P < 0.05) were observed in all parameters evaluated with snails in treatment 3
(Control) excelling. Feeding snails with ripe Pawpaw supplemented with forages is hereby recommended for optimum performance.