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Growth, Mineral Deposition, and Physiological Responses of Broiler Chickens Offered Honey in Drinking Water during Hot-Dry Season

International Journal of Zoology, 2012, Vol.2012 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Growth, Mineral Deposition, and Physiological Responses of Broiler Chickens Offered Honey in Drinking Water during Hot-Dry Season
  • Author: Abioja, Monsuru ; Akibo, Titilayo ; Odukoya, Kayode ; Ajiboye, Oluwatosin ; Oke, Emmanuel ; Osinowo, Olusegun
  • Found In: International Journal of Zoology, 2012, Vol.2012 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Vitamin C ; Poultry ; Diet ; Antioxidants ; Colleges & Universities ; Hormones ; Acids ; Feeds ; Animals ; Humidity ; Cell Division ; Farms ; Dietary Minerals
  • Language: English
  • Description: Growing broilers were offered either 0 (0H), 10 (10H), 20 mL (20H) honey, or 0.5 g vitamin C/litre water (AA) during hot-dry season. Honey had no significant ( P>0.05 ) effect on feed intake (FI), weight gain (WG), feed conversion ratio (FCR), water intake (WI), survival (SURV), dressed percentage (DRE), breast meat (BRE), gizzard (GIZ), drumstick (DRU), shank (SHA), thigh (THI), tibia volume (VOL), and magnesium (MAG). Effect of honey was significant ( P0.005 ). Higher dose of honey lowered PR and HR. Honey significantly ( P0.05 ) affected. 20H broilers had higher THY than 0H and 10H groups. In conclusion, honey did not affect growth but might improve broilers' welfare when offered up to 20H during hot periods.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 16878477 ; E-ISSN: 16878485 ; DOI: 10.1155/2012/403502

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