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Effect of Ashwagandha Supplementation on the Performance of Broiler Chicks in Arid Zone of Rajasthan


J. Saini
Veterinary Officer,
Department of Animal Nutrition,
College of Veterinary and Animal Science,
R.U.V.A.S., Bikaner-334001
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T. Sharma
Professor and Head,
Department of Animal Nutrition,
Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences,
Bikaner-334001 (Rajasthan)


A.K. Jain
Veterinary Officer,
Department of Animal Husbandry,
Government of Rajasthan


Nirmala Kumari
Veterinary Officer,
Department of Animal Husbandry,
Government of Rajasthan


Abstract


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Ashwagandha supplementation on body weight gain, feed consumption, feed conversion ratio (FCR) and performance index. Three hundred chicks were divided into 5 groups of 60 chicks in each group. The five treatments were designated as T1 control group (without herb), T2 having 0.5% Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), T3 having 1.0% Ashwagandha, T4 having 1.5% Ashwagandha, and T5 having 2.0% Ashwagandha. Significant effects of dietary treatments i.e. incorporation of Ashwagandha at different levels on body weight gain and feed consumption were observed. Whereas, feed conversion ratio and performance index exhibited non significant effect.


Key words: Ashwagandha, broiler, feed intake, FCR, body weight gain, and performance index.

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