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Use of black pepper (Piper nigrum) as feed additive in broilers diet

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Author(s): Galib A. M. Al-Kassie, | Mamdooh A. M. Al-Nasrawi, | Saba J. Ajeena

Journal: Research Opinions in Animal & Veterinary Sciences
ISSN 2221-1896

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 169;
Date: 2011;
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ABSTRACT
This study was conducted to determine the performance of broilers fed diets with black pepper (Piper nigrum). A total of 250 (Rose 308) day old chicks were used in this study. Five levels of black pepper at the rate of 0.00%, 0.25%, 0.50%, 0.75% and 1% were incorporated into the basal diet of broilers for six weeks. The Results revealed that the inclusion of black pepper at the levels of 0.50%, 0.75% and 1% in the diets improved body weight gain, feed intake and conversion ratio. At the same time the black pepper of 0.50 %, 0.75% and 1% depressed the cholesterol, Hb, RBC and H/L ratio concentration. It was concluded that the use of black pepper as feed additive at 0.50%, 0.75% and 1% enhanced the overall performance of broiler chicks.
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