Feeding dihydroquercetin to broiler chickens

Pirgozliev V., Westbrook C., Woods S., Karagecili M. R., Karadas F., Rose S. P., ...More

BRITISH POULTRY SCIENCE, vol.60, no.3, pp.241-245, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00071668.2018.1556387
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.241-245
  • Keywords: Antioxidants, broilers, dihydroquercetin (DHQ), growth performance, phenols, BEANS VICIA-FABA, NUTRITIVE-VALUE, PERFORMANCE, TOXICITY, QUALITY, TANNASE, STORAGE, SAMPLES, COLOR, DIET
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


1. A total of 80 male Ross 308 broilers were used in a study to investigate the effect of dietary dihydroquercetin (DHQ) on growth performance variables, gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and immune organ development, glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and haemoglobin in blood, hepatic vitamin E content, dietary N-corrected metabolisable energy (AMEn) and nutrient retention coefficients when fed to broiler chickens from 7 to 35d of age.2. Two treatments were used in this study: control (C) and C +0.5 g/kg extract of Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica) per kg feed, containing 85% DHQ. The diets were fed over 2 feeding phases, a grower phase from 7 to 28 d of age and a finisher phase from 28 to 35 d of age. The birds were reared under the breeder's recommended conditions.3. In general, there were no effects of DHQ on growth performance of broiler chickens. However, the results of this experiment showed that there can be changes in the redness colour of the breast meat when DQH is fed. No negative effects of feeding DHQ at 0.5g/kg diet were observed in this study.4. Supplementation of poultry diets with DHQ under standard industry-rearing conditions did not improve the performance or any of the studied variables, except an increase of redness index of the breast fillets. Feeding DHQ at different doses and/or under more challenging conditions, e.g. heat stress, may, however, bring positive responses.