Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 50 issue 1 (february 2016) : 53-56

Effect of supplementation of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) root powder as feed additive on performance and blood biochemicals of broilers

V.R. Kale*, S.M. Wankhede1, C.S. Patil, A.A. Share
1<p>Division of Cattle Nutrition, ICAR-National Dairy Research. Institute Karnal-132 001, India&nbsp;</p>
Cite article:- Kale* V.R., Wankhede1 S.M., Patil C.S., Share A.A. (NaN). Effect of supplementation of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) root powder as feed additive on performance and blood biochemicals of broilers . Indian Journal of Animal Research. 50(1): 53-56. doi: 10.18805/ijar.6706.

An experiment was conducted on one hundred eighty day old commercial broiler chicks (Ven Cob Strain) to study the effect of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) root powder as feed additive on the performance and blood biochemical profile in broilers during 0-6 weeks of age. The chicks were randomly divided into three groups 60 each. All the chicks were housed in deep litter system. The experimental diets were: no feed additive (T0), 0.25 per cent Ashwagandha root powder (T1) and 0.5 per cent Ashwagandha root powder (T2). Body weight gain of T1 (567.00 g) and T2 (581.67 g) was significantly (Ps a herbal feed additive was beneficial in improving average weekly body weight gain, feed conversion ratio and blood biochemical profile.

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