OCCURRENCE OF ADULT Ascaridia galli OF CHICKENS (Gallus gallus) IN ALIERO. KEBBI STATE, NIGERIA
Isyaku, N. T., Umar, A., Ukatu, V. E., Singh, R., Dauda, A..
The research was carried out to determine the prevalence and intensity of adult Ascaridia galli of chickens slaughtered in Aleiro, Kebbi State, Nigeria. A total of 200 Local chickens (Gallus gallus) were obtained from 4 different sites in Aliero Metropolis in August, 2012. The intestinal contents of these birds were examined for the presence of Adult Ascaridia galli with the aid of a forceps and hand lens. Results of investigation show that 116 (58%) of the 200 chickens were found to be infected. Out of the 116 positive samples, 55 (47%) were of low infection (1-7 worms/ bird), 31 (27%) with moderate infection (8-20 worms/ bird) and 30(26%) with severe infection (21 - 50 worms/ bird). This finding has thus called for immediate massive deworming of chickens in Aleiro and education of poultry farmers on effective farm managements to reduce the infestations rates.
Key words: Host, utilization, local Chicken, Ascaridia galli, deworming.