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Thursday, 1 June 2017
Efficacy of early chick nutrition with Aloe vera and Azadirachta indica on gut health and histomorphometry in chicks
Research (Published online: 01-06-2017)
1. Efficacy of early chick nutrition with Aloe vera and Azadirachta indica on gut health and histomorphometry in chicks
Tamilvanan Sujatha, Sivasankar Abhinaya, Jai Sunder, Marudhai Thangapandian and Anandamoy Kundu
Veterinary World, 10(5): 569-573
Aim:This study was conducted with an aim of
studying the efficacy of water supplements ofAloe veraandAzadirachta
(0-2 weeks) on gut health and histomorphometry in Vanaraja chicks.
and Methods:A total
of 192 day old Vanaraja chicks were randomly assigned to one of four
water treatments throughout the experimental
pre-starter stage (0-2 weeks) in a completely
randomized design. Each treatment
was given four replicates consisting of 12 chicks per replicate.
Water treatments comprised T1: Control with regular antibiotic supplement, T2:
3 mlAloejuice per chick per day,
T3: 3 ml neem
extract per chick
per day, T4: 1.5 mlAloeand
1.5 ml neem per chick per day. Gut culture
was done forEscherichia
coliandLactobacillussps. and gut histomorphometry in 24
gut samples at 14
days of age.
Results:This study revealed that supplementation ofA.
veraand neem in water
reduced and increased the number of gutE.
coliandLactobacillussps. Colonies, respectively, as
compared to that of control groups; Villi was significantly (p<0.05) taller
and broader on 14 days of age
the jejunum of chicks fed with neem supplementation as compared to that of
Significantly lower crypt depth (p<0.05) was observed in the
Villus height: Crypt
depth ratio of duodenum and jejunum was significantly (p<0.05) increased
in chicks as compared to their combination and control.
Conclusion:Immediate post hatch supplementation ofAloejuice and neem extract in chicks
improved the development and health of their gut.
vera,Azadirachta indica, chicks, early chick
feeding, gut health, histomorphometry.