Utilization of Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum) as Growth Promoter for Broiler Chickens

Published on: 06/19/2013
Author/s : Nadir Alloui, S. Ben Aksa (University of Batna, Algeria), M.N Alloui (National Research Institute of Animal Production, Balice, Poland) and F. IBRIR (Animal Production Division, INSVSA, University of Batna, Algeria)

INTRODUCTION Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) is a well known medicinal plant that grows in nature and mainly cultivated in India, Pakistan and China. Fenugreek seeds have many therapeutic effects like hypoglycemic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and antimicrobial properties (Bash et al, 2003). It contains neurin, biotin, trimethylamine which tends to stimul...

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June 19, 2013
G. Abraha Negash G. Abraha Negash
MSc in Tropical Animal Production and Health from Addis Ababa University and MSc in Tropical Livestock Production and Pastoral development from Mekelle University
June 20, 2013
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L) is among the most prioritized spices in human feed in Tigray ( Northern part of Ethiopia) for its multipurpose ( medicinal, flavour and aroma as well as supplementary value) that also could be vital ingredient of animal feed particularly the tendered broilers.

Mothers in Ethiopia add Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L) when they supply milk for their babies because they consider for its medicinal.

It so nice task.
Abraha Negash
MSc in Livestock Production and pastoral development
MVSc in Tropical Animal Production and health
June 20, 2013
Thanks my brother G. Abraha Negash
in Sudan we have a typical uses also many traditions are same between our countries . I am very glad to read your comment .
Sudheer Rukadikar Sudheer Rukadikar
MVSc (Vet Pathology)
June 25, 2013
Dear Dr. Nadir Alloui,
It's a really good piece of work. In India, fenugreek seeds are normally used in human diets, albeit in fried form. (These are called METHI seeds in India.)
I want to know from you, have you tried giving soaked / sprouted fenugreek seeds to broilers as feed top dressing? My experience tells that if soaked fenugreek seeds are fed to commercial broilers even at late stage of age, say 35 days of age, they notably improve body weight of birds within 3 - 5 days.
Phoenix-Abdelfetah Phoenix-Abdelfetah
Animal Nutritionist
July 1, 2013
This is a very interesting article, I have Experienced the use of fenugreek in food Broiler in 2009, and got excellent results, however, I noticed an odor problem fenugreek in chicken meat, knowing that I have used up to 10 partial substitution of soybean, also I have two remarks:
1-for what purpose you used the premix 2.5% this will lead to a very significant augmenttation dosage of vitamins and trace minerals?
2-available phosphorus is only about 0.40 and 0.37 respectively, not 0.73% and 0.68%, I think this is a mistake.
Nadir Alloui Nadir Alloui
Veterinary Doctor
July 3, 2013
Dear Abdelfetah

Thanks for your valuable remarks

Yonatan Kassu Yonatan Kassu
Animal Nutritionist
January 4, 2016
This is a very interesting article, right now I have been conducting a research on fenugreek, tumeric and black cumin in 1% and 2% inclusion rate and their blended mixture to see their synergitic effect. however i have got the least body weight gain from fenugreek whose feed 1 and 2% of fenugreek powder and i notice that they do have an high litter and odor problem. the odor is obvious and its has been well known even in human that it come out with sweat.
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