EFFECT OF DIETARY SUPPLEMENTATION OF GARLIC ON FEED CONVERSION RATIO, CARCASS PHYSIOGNOMIES AND HAEMATOLOGICAL PARAMETERS IN BROILERS
AbstractOne of the widespread spices is garlic which consumed by people of different parts of the world but its valuable growth promoting effect is not sufficiently studied in poultry. Growth promoting effect of garlic in broiler chickens was studied together with its carcass characteristics and blood parameters. Broilers were grouped into four: A (1%), B (2%), C (positive control) and D (negative control). Aqueous extract of garlic (1% and 2%) was prepared by extraction and were administered with drinking water. A group (1%) shows best performance with regards to body weight gain rather than B (2%), positive and negative control. At the end of experiment (35th day), in A group, the live body weight, dressed weight, feed conversion ratio, liver, gizzard, heart, spleen, and pancreas were 1833.2±2.1g (P<0.05), 1229.7±1.9g (P<0.05), 1.63(P<0.05), 47.13±0.4g, 26.15±0.7g, 9.71±1.8g, 2.21±0.2g, 2.27±0.1g respectively. The mean Total Erythrocyte Count (TEC), Haemoglobin concentration (Hb) and Packed Cell volume (PCV) were 2.9± 0.1million/cm3,7.5g ± 0.2g, and 25.8 ± 0.6%, respectively. It is recommended that 1% aqueous extraction of garlic shows better growth and improved carcass qualities in broilers.