Performance promoting ability of herbal liver stimulants in broilers
M.C. SHIVAKUMAR, B.K. PUGASHETTI AND J.A. MULLA
Main Agricultural Research Station, Poultry Unit
University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad - 580 005
Biological trial of 42 days was conducted using two hundred day-old broiler chicks. Herbal liver stimulants through drinking water were supplemented to one group with hundred chicks consisting of two replications, fifty chicks in each replication. Another group served as control with plain water. Data on body weight, feed consumption and feed efficiency were collected on second, fourth and sixth week and subjected to statistical analysis. Birds received herbal liver stimulant performed better than the control group. Feed consumption and feed efficiency remained non-significant (P £ 0.05) among the groups throughout the experimental period whereas statistically significant (P ³ 0.05) improvement in body weight was seen from second week onwards up to the end of the trial. Mortality of 6 and 4% was recorded in unsupplemented and supplemented groups, respectively. Dressing percentage was significantly (P ³ 0.05) higher in supplemented group compared to unsupplemented group. Economics was calculated at the end of the experiment including the extra supplemental charges. Profit/kg live weight was better in herbal liver stimulant supplemented group when compared with unsupplemented group. In total, birds provided herbal liver stimulant performed better.