Growth Performance and Electrolytes Responses of Broiler Chickens Fed Vitamins A, C and E

  • Ntinya C. Johnson
  • Victor M. Ogbamgba
Keywords: Vitamins A, C and E, Performance, Electrolytes, Broiler Chickens

Abstract

Growth parameters, namely average daily feed intake (ADFI), average daily gain (ADG), feed efficiency (FE) and electrolytes responses in broiler chickens fed vitamins A, C and E, were investigated. Ninety day old chicks were used in the study. Chicks were brooded and similarly reared for 4 weeks to fully pre-condition them to their new environment. At the end of this, animals were weighed to obtain their initial body weights (BW) and randomly assigned to 3 dietary treatments of 30 birds/treatment and 3 replicates of 10 birds/replicate: T1 (control diet, contained vitamins at basal levels of 30mg/kg of diet), T2 (diet 2, contained vitamins A and E at 100mg of vitamin A + 100mg of vitamin E/kg of diet) and T3 (diet 3, contained vitamins C and E at 100mg of vitamin C + 100mg of vitamin E/kg of diet). The animals received their respective diets for 4 weeks. On the last day of study, animals were weighed to obtain their final BW. There were no differences (P > 0.05) in the ADFI amongst dietary treatments. ADG showed significant (P < 0.05) differences as T1, T2 and T3 groups gained approximately 41g, 68g and 86g/day, respectively. Significant (P < 0.05) differences were observed in the FE: T1, T2 and T3 showed FE of 25%, 42% and 53%, respectively. The vitamins had no effects (P > 0.05) on the electrolytes studied. It was concluded that dietary vitamins A, C and E improved ADG and FE but had no effect on electrolytes.

How to Cite
Johnson, N. C., & Ogbamgba, V. M. (2021). Growth Performance and Electrolytes Responses of Broiler Chickens Fed Vitamins A, C and E. European Journal of Science, Innovation and Technology, 1(4), 5-9. Retrieved from http://ejsit-journal.com/index.php/ejsit/article/view/26
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Research Articles