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Effects of By-Products of Herbal Medicine on Performance, Intestinal Microbial Population, Blood Biochemical Profiles and Immunological Parameters in Broiler Chicks
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  • Journal title : Korean Journal of Poultry Science
  • Volume 42, Issue 4,  2015, pp.307-314
  • Publisher : The Korean Society of Poultry Science
  • DOI : 10.5536/KJPS.2015.42.4.307
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Effects of By-Products of Herbal Medicine on Performance, Intestinal Microbial Population, Blood Biochemical Profiles and Immunological Parameters in Broiler Chicks
Jang, In-Surk;
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The study was carried out to investigate the effects of by-products of herbal medicines on performance, enteric microflora and blood biochemical profiles and immunological parameters in broiler chicks. A total of ninety-six, 3-d-old birds were assigned to a basal diet (CON) or a basal diet supplemented with 0.15 % (HM1), 0.3% (HM2) or 0.5% (HM3) by-products of herbal medicines. There was a significantly (p<0.05) improved feed conversion ratio (FCR) in birds fed diet supplemented with 0.15% by-products of herbal medicines (HM1) compared with the control birds during starter period (3~21 days). However, no difference in body weight, feed intake, total gain and FCR among treatment groups was observed during the entire feeding period (3~35 days). The colony forming units (CFU) of E. coli and Lactobacilli in the digesta of ileo-cecum was not also affected by dietary treatment. Serum AST (aspartate aminotransferase) and glucose decreased (p<0.05) in birds fed diets supplemented with herbal medicines compared with those fed the basal diet. In particular, the birds fed diets supplemented with herbal medicines showed a significant (p<0.05) increase in blood mean corpuscular volume (MCV) level compared with the control birds. However, the most of blood biochemical and hematological parameters and immunoglobulins (IgG and IgA) were not affected by the dietary treatment. In conclusion, the low level of dietary herbal medicines showed beneficial effects on FCR during starter period and liver functions, suggesting that by-products of herbal medicines may be applicable as functional feed additives in birds.
herbal medicines;blood biochemical profiles;hematological parameters;immunoglobulins;
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