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Effects of dietary supplement of dried Chlorella powder as an alternative to antibiotic on growth performance and health status of broiler chicken

Md. Zahir Uddin Rubel, Md. Anwarul Haque Beg, Maksuda Begum, Noushin Anjum

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Int. J. Biosci.14(4), 255-263, April 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/14.4.255-263


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The objectives of the present study was to investigated the effect of different levels of Dried Chlorella Powder (DCP) on growth performance, microbial, biochemical and haematological parameters of broiler chicken from one day old to 4 weeks of age. A total of 240 days old Cobb 500 broiler chicken were randomly assigned to four treatment groups (T1, T2, T3 and T4), 60 birds per treatment group and were respectively fed with diets containing 0.25% and 0.50% of DCP. At 4 weeks of age, 36 birds per group were slaughtered to collect blood, gizzard, spleen, bursa, and liver. Results showed no significant difference (p>0.05) in feed intake, body weight, feed conversion ratio (FCR) and relative internal organ weight. In addition, total cholesterol, sugar level, and CBC count has no significant differences (p>0.05) in broiler chickens fed DCP as compared to control. However, significant difference (p<0.05) infaecal microbial load was found between groups. In conclusion, the results of this study demonstrate that DCP supplementation positively affected the growth performance and health status in broilers, indicating that dried chlorella powdercan be safely used to replace antibiotic as a growth promoter, thereby reducing the risk of antibiotic resistance issues.


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