Performance of broilers fed ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) incorporated diets during summer season for alleviating heat stress

DOI: 10.5958/0976-0555.2015.00082.5    | Article Id: B-2646 | Page : 333-335
Citation :- Performance of broilers fed ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) incorporated diets during summer season for alleviating heat stress.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2015.(49):333-335
P. Vasanthakumar*, B. Pangayarselvi, P. Sasikumar, D. Chandrasekaran, K.A. Doraisamy and M.R. Purushothaman p.vasanthakumar@tanuvas.org.in
Address : Department of Animal Nutrition, Veterinary College and Research Institute, (TANUVAS) Namakkal – 637 002, India.

Abstract

An experiment was conducted to assess the effect of ashwagandha on alleviating heat stress using 90 numbers of day old broiler chicks dividing into 3 treatment groups containing 3 replicates in each group during summer season. The dietary treatments included T1 (Control) without any herbal supplementation, T2 - 1.0 % ashwagandha root powder and T3 - 0.15 % ashwagandha root extract. At the end of 42 days of age, the body weight, feed intake, antioxidant level and immune status were significantly.

Keywords

Ashwagandha Broiler performance Heat stress.

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