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Volume 24 (3):139-145, 2020.
Effect of Dill (Anethum graveolens) supplement on performance of Ross 308 broilers.
Ali J. Hammod1, Ayman Hassan Abd El-Aziz2, Ammar H. Areaaer1
1Department of Animal production. Faculty of Agriculture, University of Kufa, Iraq; Department of Animal Husbandry and Animal Wealth Development, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Damanhour University, Damanhour 22511, Egypt.
Hammod AJ, Hassan Abd El-Aziz A, Areaaer AH., Effect of Dill (Anethum graveolens) supplement on performance of Ross 308 broilers, Onl J Vet Res., 24 (3):139-145, 2020. Dill (Anethum graveolens) from celery Apiaceae, genus Anethum may reduce insomnia, hiccups, diarrhea, dysentery, menstrual disorders, respiratory disorders, and cancer. We report effect of Dill seed on performance, edible giblets and mortality rate in Ross 308 broiler chicks. Groups of 10 one-day-old Ross 308 broiler chicks were supplemented 1, 2 and 3g Dill powder/kg basal diet daily for 30 days. Weight gain, feed intake and conversion ratios were calculated weekly for starter and finisher periods. We provided 23h light/1h dark at 32 ̊C at day 1 reduced 3 ̊C weekly to 3 weeks. At day 35 eight male birds from each replicate were slaughtered and edible gizzard, heart and liver weight were measured. Our findings suggest that 1g/kg Dill increased feed intake (FI), live body (BW), weight gain (WG) and feed conversion compared with controls or other treatments (P < 0.05). Weights of edible giblets were higher (P < 0.05) in chicks given dill.
Keywords: Dill, Anethum graveolens, Ross broiler chicks, Performance. Raw data provided.