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Influence Of Dietary Spearmint (Mentha Spicata) Supplementation On Broiler Chick Performance

Influence Of Dietary Spearmint (Mentha Spicata) Supplementation On Broiler Chick Performance

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Title: Influence Of Dietary Spearmint (Mentha Spicata) Supplementation On Broiler Chick Performance
Author: Yagoub, H.A; Abdelatti, Khadiga A.; Elagib, H.A.A.; Malik, H.E.E.; Dousa, B.M.; Elamin, K.M
Abstract: The use of antibiotics as growth promoter is prohibited all over the world. It is the time to seek for appropriate natural feed additives. In the present study a total of 128 unsexed day old broiler chicks (Hubbard) were used. Chicks were weighed and randomly divided into four treatments and housed as 8 in one pen. Four isocaloric and isonitrogenous diets were formulated. Diet A contained no spearmint (control), diet B, C and D contained added spearmint at 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 %, respectively. Different levels of spearmint did not significantly (P<0.05) affect dressing percentages, but affect both slaughter and carcass weights. Different levels of spearmint exerted significant (P<0.05) differences on final body weight but did not significantly (P<0.05) affect total gain weight, total feed intake and feed conversion ratio. Spearmint can be used for broiler chicks as feed additive at level of 1.5% as natural agent.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/26544


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