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International Journal of Poultry Science
Year: 2018  |  Volume: 17  |  Issue: 11  |  Page No.: 536 - 542

Effect of Dietary Supplementation with Differing Levels of Moringa oleifera Leaf Meal on the Productivity and Carcass Characteristics of Broiler Chickens

Aqeel Yousif Alshukri, Nihad Abdul-Lateef Ali, Rabia J. Abbas, Ali M. Alkassar and Yasser J. Jameel    

Abstract: Background and Objective: The search for safe and natural alternatives to reduce over-dependence on the use of antibiotics as growth promoters has led to the evaluation of the effects of natural feed additives, such as plants (phytobiotic), to use in animal nutrition. Moringa oleifera leaf meal is a valuable alternative to promote growth and carcass yield in poultry. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Moringa oleifera leaf as feed additive in terms of growth performance, feed consumption and carcass characteristics of broiler chickens. Methodology: The present study used a completely randomized design (CRD) with five dietary treatment groups (0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0% Moringa oleifera leaf meal) and three replicates per treatment (15 birds/pen). A total of 225 day-old broiler chicks (Ross 308) were included in the experiment for a 42-day period. The measured traits were body weight, body weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion ratio, carcass weight, dressing percentage, total edible parts and European production efficiency factor (EPEF indexes). Results: Significant improvements (p≤0.05) in final body weight, total body weight gain, feed conversion ratio, growth ratio, carcass weight, dressing percentage, total edible parts and EPEF indexes were noted, whereas feed intake was not significantly altered by Moringa oleifera leaf meal treatments compared with the control. Conclusion: A diet supplemented with Moringa oleifera leaf meal was the best natural feed additive for production enhancement and better carcass quality in broiler chicks.

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