Effect of targeted delivery of ProbeadsEC® on the production performance of Aseel cross chicks
K. Shibi Thomas and V. Jayalalitha
The present study was carried out to assess the production performance on supplementation of targeted delivery of Probeads-EC® in the diet of Aseel cross chicks (240 birds) for a period of 8 weeks. Two experimental diets were formulated - control diet (T1 ) with no Probeads-EC and treatment diet (T2 ) in which birds were supplemented at the rate of 5 beads/ bird with commercial feed. The biweekly body weight, body weight gain and feed conversion ratio was significantly (P<0.05) different between the two groups. Feed intake showed no significant difference between the two groups. The percentage of livability showed no significant difference between the groups. The effect of Probeads-EC on gut health evaluated by the analysis of intestinal samples showed the presence of E. coli, Clostridium and Staphylococcus and absence of Salmonella in both the groups. The above study concluded that supplementation of ProbeadsEC had improved the growth performance of Aseel cross chicks without negatively influencing the gut health.
Keywords: Aseel cross chicks, production performance, gut health