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Title: The Effects of Drinking Water Containing Aloe Vera Extracts on Growth and Palatability of Black Austrolop and Koekoek Chickens
Authors: Chibi, Rindirai M
Keywords: ethno chemicals
poultry diseases
birds
aloe-vera
Issue Date: May-2017
Publisher: Lupane State University
Abstract: Use of ethno chemicals in controlling poultry diseases and their mode of action is a major concern since most communal farmers are using these without knowing suitable concentration. Ethno chemicals provide relatively cheaper and readily available alternative drugs. In this study the effects of Aloe barbedensis (Aloe vera) on growth and palatability of black Austrolop and Koekoek chickens were investigated. The experiment was a completely randomized design (CRD) with three replications. The experiment had two factors, the two chicken strain and 4 levels of aloe vera concentration (0%, 2%, 6% and 10%) as a ratio of aloe-vera extract powder to 100ml distilled water. Treatment units were twenty four having six birds in each treatment unit hence a total of one hundred and forty birds. Growth rate in terms of weight was determined after two weeks of drinking water containing Aloe vera extract powder. The birds were housed in a deep litter system. Roadrunner starter mash was given. The feeds contained no coccidiostat, growth promoter, antibiotics nor artificial additives. Palatability in terms of tenderness, juiciness and chicken flavour intensity tested after slaughter at week twent-five. Results showed that there was a significant difference (P<0.05) on starter at week twenty five. There was also an interaction between the concentration and strain on overall gain. There was also a significant difference on the palatability of the two strains. Use of Aloe vera is cheaper, user friendly and readily available therefore can be used in controlling poultry diseases.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/332
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