Health Characteristics and Performance of Broiler Chicks in Response to Trigonella foenum graecum and Foeniculum vulgare

Document Type : Research/Original Article


1 Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Bu Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran

2 Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Bu Ali Sina University, Hamedan, IranYoung Researchers and Elite Club, Hamedan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Hamedan, Iran

3 Department of Animal Science, Sari Agricultural Science and Natural Resources University, Sari, Iran


The effects of Trigonella foenum graecum (TF) and Foeniculum vulgare (FV) seeds powder on antimicro-bial activity and performance of broiler chickens were studied. Based on a completely randomized design, 240 broiler chicks (Ross 308) were assigned to 4 treatments and 4 replicates. The treatments were a basal diet (control, T 1), T 1 plus 0.5% TF (T 2), T 1 plus 0.5% FV (T 3) and TFFV (0.25% TF+0.25% FV) (T 4). The diets fed to birds during a 1-42 days period. Treatments containing medical plants showed better performance and lower total number of bacteria (TNB) and Coliform compared to the control (P<0.05). The presence of salmonella was negative in all tested samples. The weight and length of small intestine and carcass yield in birds fed medicinal plants were higher than those of control (P<0.05). Therefore, the results of this study showed that the use of medicinal plants can improve performance and health conditions in broiler chicks.


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  • Receive Date: 12 October 2013
  • Revise Date: 11 November 2013
  • Accept Date: 16 November 2013
  • First Publish Date: 01 June 2014