EFFECT OF TETRACYLCINE INCLUSION IN STARTER DIET ON HAEMATOLOGICAL AND SERUM BIOCHEMICAL PROFILE OF BROILER CHICKS

Authors

  • Ereke S. O. National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Shika-Zaria,
  • Samuel F. U. National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Shika-Zaria,
  • Okorie A. U. Ebonyi State University, Department of Animal Science
  • Iyeghe-Erakpotobor, G. T. National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Shika-Zaria,
  • Gadzama I. U., National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Shika-Zaria,
  • Magaji H. J. National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Shika-Zaria,
  • Anosike F. U. National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Shika-Zaria,

Keywords:

Tetracycline, haematology, serum biochemistry, broiler starter birds

Abstract

A total of sixty day-old Anak, 2000 broiler birds were used in this experiment, which lasted for
56 days, to determine the effects of subtherapuetic administration of tetracycline on haematology
and serum biochemistry of broiler birds. The birds were randomly assigned to three treatment
diets in a completely randomized designed and each treatment group was further sub-divided
into four replicates. Three basal diets were used in the experiment. Treatment 1 was un-
supplemented diet while treatments 2 and 3 were supplemented with 5g of tetracycline /25kg of
starter diet and 2.5g of tetracycline/25kg of starter diet respectively. Feed and water were
provided ad-libitum.The haematological study showed that treatment of birds with tetracycline
has no significant effects on most blood profiles. But there were cases of better growth
performance of the experimental animals over the control.

Published

2016-12-30