Under tropical conditions, dietary supplementation with vitamin C and Ficus exasperata leaf powder enhanced broiler chicken growth and meat quality

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The performance characteristics and breast meat antioxidative status and cholesterol of broiler chickens fed diets supplemented with vitamin c and Ficus exasperata leaf powder (FLP) were assessed. Two hundred and forty dayold Cobb 500 broiler chickens were randomly allotted to four treatment diets. Diet 1 is the control. Diets 2, 3 and 4 were supplemented with 200mg/kg vitamin C, 10,000 mg/kg FLP, and 200mg/kg vitamin c + 10,000 mg/kg FLP, respectively. The broiler chickens' body weight gain (BWG) was considerably (P<0.05) improved by vitamin c, FLP, and vitamin c + FLP supplementations, with the broiler chickens given the vitamin c + FLP supplemented diet having a significantly (P<0.05) highest BWG. The feed conversion ratio and feed intake were not significant (P>0.05). The vitamin c, FLP and vitamin c + FLP significantly (P<0.05) reduced the lipid oxidation of the broiler meat, compared to the control. The vitamin c, FLP and vitamin c + FLP significantly (P<0.05) increased the glutathione peroxidase activities of the broiler meat, compared to the control. The vitamin c + FLP supplementation improved (P<0.05) the catalase activities of the broiler’s meat, compared to the control.

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15-03-2023

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Osowe, C. O., Oloruntola, O. D., Adu, O. A., Ayodele, S. O., & Adeyeye, S. A. (2023). Under tropical conditions, dietary supplementation with vitamin C and Ficus exasperata leaf powder enhanced broiler chicken growth and meat quality. 6th International Anatolian Agriculture, Food, Environment and Biology Congress, Kütahya/Türkiye, 57–60. from http://targid.net/index.php/TURSTEP/article/view/13