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Effect of Ginger and Thyme Essential Oils as an Alternative to Antibiotic Growth Promoters on Performance, Immune Status and Economics of Broiler Production

A. S. Sampate M. G. Nikam M. V. Dhumal K. Y. Deshpande S. S. Gaikwad
Vol 9(7), 32-39

An experiment was conducted on 300-day old Vencobb-400 straight run chicks which were weighed and distributed randomly into five treatment groups viz. A, B, C, D, and E with four replicates of 15 chicks each. The treatment group A was without essential oil and antibiotic. The treatment groups B was with growth promoting antibiotic (BMD) @ 30 mg/kg of feed and without EOs. The treatment groups C, D and E were with Thyme oil @50mg /kg, Ginger oil @25mg/kg and Thyme oil @50mg /kg + Ginger oil @25mg/kg of feed, respectively. The cumulative weight gain was significantly affected (P <0.05) by supplementation of essential oils, however, feed consumption and feed conversion ratio were found to be non-significant. Ginger oil @ 25mg/kg supplemented group (D) had numerically higher antibody titer against IBD but the differences were statistically non-significant. The net profit per bird was highest for ginger oil group D compared to control. The results inferred that ginger oil @ 25 mg/kg of feed improved profitability and immune status. It may be used as alternative to antibiotic growth promoters.

Keywords : AGP Broiler Performance Economics Essential Oil Immune Status

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