Effect of different levels of honey on physiological, growth and carcass traits of broiler chickens during dry season

Oyegunle Emmanuel OKE, Faith O. SORUNGBE, Monsuru Oladimeji ABIOJA, Oluwadamilola OYETUNJI, Anuoluwapo Olamide ONABAJO


The objective of this trial was to investigate the effect of different levels of honey in drinking water on the responses of broiler chickens during dry season in hot humid tropics. Three hundred Oba Marshall broiler chicks were used for this study. The day-old chicks were randomly assigned to five treatment groups with each treatment having four replicates of 15 birds. The first 4 treatment groups were daily supplied drinking water without honey (0H), with 20 ml (20H), 40 ml (40H) and 60 ml (60H) of honey per liter of water. The fifth group received drinking water supplemented with 500 mg vitamin C per liter of water (C). Records on daily weight gain (WG) and feed intake (FI) were taken. Feed conversion ratio (FCR) was calculated as the ratio of gain to feed consumed. The supplementation of honey in the drinking water for broiler chickens in 60H during hot dry season in the hot humid tropics improved some stress indices, body weight gain and relative spleen weight.


poultry; broiler chickens; animal nutrition; honey; growth; physiological traits; carcass traits; hot dry season

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14720/aas.2016.108.1.5


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