Effect Of Nettle (Urtica Dioica) On Performance, Quality Of Eggs And Blood Parameters Of Laying Hens

Mansoub, Navid Hosseini
August 2011
Advances in Environmental Biology;Aug2011, Vol. 5 Issue 9, p2718
Academic Journal
The objective of this study was conducted to evaluate the effects of nettle on performance, egg quality, blood biochemical and immunity parameters of laying hens. This study was carried out with 300 of Hy- line (W36) hens in 5 treatment groups, 3 repetitions and 20 hens for each group. The groups were T1) Control group, T2, T3, T4, and T5 0.75%, 1%, 1.5%, and 2% nettle powder respectively. As compared to the control group with the other groups observably to give improve performance, egg quality characters and blood parameters (P<0.05). The results showed that using this medicinal plant with different level had significant effects on performance, blood parameters and egg quality characters but did not show significantly effects on the immune system of laying hens. The highest food intake, production percent, and special weight were seen in the group 5. Also the serum total cholesterol, Triglycerides and LDL concentration were significantly reduced in group of 5 compared to the control group (P<0.05). But the concentration of serum HDL and glucose were not significantly reduced in groups compared to the control group.


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