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 BRASILEIRA DE CIÊNCIA AVÍCOLA, vol.24, no.2, pp.1-6, 2022 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1590/1806-9061-2021-1465
  • Journal Name: REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE CIÊNCIA AVÍCOLA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-6
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes

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.