EFFECTS OF FRANKINCENSE ON BROILER PRODUCTION AND HISTOMETERICAL PARAMETERS OF SMALL INTESTINE
The aim of this study was to exam the small intestine effectiveness with using frankincense in the daily drinking water by measuring live body weight, weight gain, total feed intake and total feed conversion ratio as well as the wall layers' thickness of duodenum, jejunum and ileum of broiler reared under standard conditions. 300 broiler chicken, Ross 308, were distributed into five groups (3 replicate/ group) corresponding to different rates of frankincense dissolved in the daily drinking water: control (T), adding frankincense was 0.25g/ liter of water in the second treatment, 0.50g/ liter of water in the third treatment, 0.750g/ liter of water in the fourth treatment, and 1g/ liter of water in the fifth treatment. Adding frankincense continued for the duration of the experiment (5 weeks). The water containing frankincense induced a decrease in feed consumption without affecting growth rate. Chickens received frankincense, exhibited a lower feed conversion ratio than the control group at the end of the experiment. Frankincense increased the thickness of duodenum and jejunum wall layers, while, it decreased the thickness of wall layers in the ileum. It can be concluded that supplementation of frankincense would be beneficial economically by reducing the food consumption of broiler chickens without affecting their growth performance.
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