Response of broiler chickens to feed supplemented with claybased nano growth promoter
One of the most critical issues in human food safety and health is the public outcry against the potential health risks and environmental problems associated with excessive use of feed antimicrobials, growth hormones and synthetic pharmaceuticals. An eight week study was carried out to evaluate the effects of MFeed®, a nanotechnology growth promoter as feed additive in the diets of broiler chickens. Two hundred, day old Marshal broiler chicks were allotted in a completely randomised design to five dietary treatments supplemented with MFeed® at 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 g/kg of the basal diet respectively. Data were collected on growth performance, intestinal pH, haematological and serum parameters of broiler chickens fed the experimental diets at the fourth and eighth week. Body weight, survivability, and the health of broiler chickens improved significantly (P<0.05) with increased MFeed® in the diets. From this study it can be concluded that supplementation of MFeed® in broiler chickens diets will improve growth and the health status.
Keywords: broilers, nano growth promoter, performance, blood parameters