Comparative efficacy of various medicinal plants suspension on broilers chicks growth performance

Published on: 05/21/2017
Author/s : Sajid ur Rehman 1; Fawad ur Rehman 2,3; Sarzamin Khan 1; Ikramullah Khan 2; Muhammad Aftab 2; Hafiz Abdul Majid 2; Naila Chand 1. / 1 Department of Poultry Science, Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan; 2 Department of Livestock Management & Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan; 3 State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics, School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing P. R. C

  Introduction Plants derivatives are a source of natural additives such as herbs and their extracts can be valuable alternatives as they play a significant role in health and nutrition. They have many fold significant activities such as stimulation of feed intake and endogenous secretions with antimicrobial, coccidiostatic or anthelmintic activities. Plants contain a wide range of secondar...

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May 21, 2017

Thanks for the article which at least activate the possible interest and problems related with that group of products. It's a pity that the number of animals and replicates is so low and the design doesn't look very strong, otherwise there would have been more significant differences. For example liverweight differences of 3.7%, 7% and 11% should normally be significant.
Also a bodyweight of only 1260 grams at 35 days looks to me very poor and not representative. In most countries birds are 1 kg heavier at that age. Treatments influences on Body weight of 22.1% and 15% and -1.1% are strange.
FCR's are on PIG level, not on poultry level.
Effects on liver and spleen like they are documented here, would reveal some toxic effects. But then strange that they are lower when used with higher intervals.
It would be good to rerun the experiment with a proper design with much more animals and replicates involved and a a modern realistic production level.

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