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Research Journal of Medicinal Plants
Year: 2019  |  Volume: 13  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 145 - 154

Impact of Some Medicinal Plants Supplement on Pregnant Rabbits Diet During Hot Summer Season

Alsaied Alnaimy Habeeb, Abdel-Halim A. El-Darawany, Abdel-Mageed S. Nasr and Ahmed K. Sharaf    

Abstract: Background and Objective: Rabbits are suffering from the heat stress conditions during summer season of Egypt so, productive and reproductive traits of rabbits are deleteriously affecting by more than 50%. Effect of ginger and curcumin addition in the diet of female rabbits during hot summer season to alleviate the negative effect of heat stress was the objective of this study. Materials and Methods: Forty five virgin mature healthy New Zealand White (NZW) female rabbits were used in this experiment. One week before mating, animals were divided into 3 equal groups, the 1st group was fed the basal ration (control group) while the 2nd and 3rd groups were fed the same basal ration supplemented with 250 mg daily from roots crushed of ginger or curcumin per doe, respectively. Results: Results showed that conception rate, litter size and litter weight at both birthing and weaning improved significantly due to addition of ginger or curcumin in the diet of female rabbits. Water intake values were lower while body weight and feed intake values were higher in rabbits received ginger or curcumin than rabbits not received any supplement. Cortisol level was lower while thyroid hormonal levels and progesterone level were higher in rabbits received ginger or curcumin in their diet than control. The physiological thermoregulatory parameters were lower in rabbits received ginger or curcumin than control rabbits. Conclusion: Supply of ginger or curcumin to rations of rabbits succeeded in improving the reproductive traits of female rabbits under stressful conditions of hot summer season in Egypt.

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