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Effects of Two Herbal Extracts and Virginiamycin Supplementation on Growth Performance, Intestinal Microflora Population and Fatty Acid Composition in Broiler Chickens
- Ramiah, Suriya Kumari (Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia) ;
- Zulkifli, Idrus (Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia) ;
- Rahim, Nordiana Asyikin Abdul (Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia) ;
- Ebrahimi, Mahdi (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia) ;
- Meng, Goh Yong (Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia)
- Received : 2013.01.11
- Accepted : 2013.08.19
- Published : 2014.03.01
The competency of garlic and pennywort to improve broiler chicken growth and influence intestinal microbial communities and fatty acid composition of breast meat were studied. Two hundred forty, "day-old" chicks were randomly allocated to 4 treatment groups consisting of 6 replications of 10 chicks in each pen. The groups were assigned to receive treatment diets as follows: i) basal diet (control), ii) basal diet plus 0.5% garlic powder (GP), iii) basal diet plus 0.5% pennywort powder (PW) and iv) 0.002% virginiamycin (VM). Birds were killed at day 42 and intestinal samples were collected to assess for Lactobacillus and Escherichia coli. The pectoralis profundus from chicken breast samples was obtained from 10 birds from each treatment group on day 42 and frozen at
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