Bhardwaj, Rohatash K.; Bhardwaj, Aditi; Gangwar, S. K.
June 2012
International Journal of Science & Nature;2012, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p476
Academic Journal
An experiment was conducted to assess the effect of feed supplementation of Withania somnifera root powder on performance of haematobiochemical-immune response of Japanese quails. One hundred chicks of day-old stage were randomly distributed into four treatments comprising twenty five chicks in each group. The average body weights of all the groups were similar. The dietary treatments contained Withania somnifera at the rate of 0.0%, 0.5%, 1.0% and 1.5%, respectively. The body weight gain, feed consumption and feed conversion efficiency revealed significant (P<0.05) variations among the groups. Haematological studies revealed significant (P<0.05) increase in packed cell volume (PCV) and hemoglobin per cent in Ashwagandha treated groups over untreated group. Immunological study indicated significantly (P<0.05) higher immunonoglobulins and skin thickness in group fed on 1.0 per cent Ashwagandha where as significantly (P<0.05) higher skin diameter was recorded in group fed on 1.5 per cent Ashwagandha. It was concluded that supplementation of 1 per cent Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root powder significantly improved body weights, feed efficiency and the immune status of birds.


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