The Effects of Adding Juniper Berry in Broiler Diets on Performance, Parameters of Serum, Carcass, Histopathology and Jejunum Villi Lengths


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Aldemir R.

REVISTA SOBRE LA INFANCIA Y LA ADOLESCENCIA, vol.24, no.2, pp.1-6, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1590/1806-9061-2021-1465
  • Title of Journal : REVISTA SOBRE LA INFANCIA Y LA ADOLESCENCIA
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-6

Abstract

This study was carried out to investigate the effects of adding

fruit of juniper berry (Juniperus communis) on performance, some

carcass characteristics, serum parameters, histopathological features

and jejunum villi lengths in broiler diets. A total of 150 male chicks

were used in the study. The chicks were housed for 42 days. One of

the experimental groups was a control group, and the diets of the 4

treatment groups included 0.5%, 1%, 1.5% and 2% dried natural

juniper berries, respectively. Addition of fruit of juniper berry to

the diets had positive effects on body weight, average daily weight

gain, feed conversion rate and slaughter weight, feed intake, hot

carcass yield and serum calcium and phosphorus levels. Juniper

berry addition in the diets also increased the length of the jejunum

villi. As a result, it can be recommended to add up to 1% of juniper

berry in broiler diet.