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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Growth performance, digestibility, haematology, biochemistry, and some humoral immunity blood parameters of broiler chickens fed different levels of Boswellia serrata resin

Ali Ridha Mustafa Al-Yasiry A B , Bożena Kiczorowska A C , Wioletta Samolińska A and Edyta Kowalczuk-Vasilev A
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A Institute of Animal Nutrition and Bromatology, University of Life Science, 13 Akademicka Street, 20-950 Lublin, Poland.

B Department of Animal Resources, University of Wasit, Al Kut, Wasit, Iraq.

C Corresponding author. Email: bozena.kiczorowska@up.lublin.pl

Animal Production Science - https://doi.org/10.1071/AN16767
Submitted: 24 November 2016  Accepted: 16 April 2017   Published online: 24 May 2017

Abstract

The study determined the effect of three different levels of Boswellia serrata tree resin (BSR) supplementation in diets for broiler chickens on the growth performance, selected slaughter analysis, nutrient digestibility, as well as haematology, biochemical and some humoral immunity blood parameters. In total, 200 1-day-old broiler chickens were assigned randomly to four treatments. The broiler chickens were fed diets containing 0 (C), 1.5 (BSR1.5), 2 (BSR2), or 2.5% Boswellia serrata resin (BSR2.5). The BSR treatments improved (P < 0.05) the feed intake and feed conversion ratio at breeding Days 22–35, but did not differentiate the nutrient digestibility in the diets. The best-quality carcass with a high proportion of muscles and low fat content (Control versus BSR diets, linear, P < 0.05) was obtained in broiler chickens fed diets supplemented with 2% and 2.5% BSR. The blood profile was affected by the BSR treatments. The lymphocyte count increased linearly in blood (P < 0.05) along the increasing amounts of BSR. The content of uric acid and aspartate aminotransferase activity in blood plasma decreased upon the BSR supplementation (Control vs BSR diets, linear, P < 0.05; and Control vs BSR diets, linear, P < 0.01, respectively). The resin of Boswellia serrata can be considered as a good botanical feed additive, which can have positive effects on the performance and health of broiler chickens.

Additional keywords: health indices, olibanum, poultry, production traits.


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