Effect of Camomile flowers as feed additive on some biological parameters for growing rabbits

Abstract: Sixty weanling cross-breed male rabbits (New Zealand white X Black Baladi) at 6 weeks of age with an average 572 g live body weight were randomly distributed to 5 groups (12 animals per each). The first group was fed on a basal diet while the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th groups were fed on diets contained 0.125, 0.25, 0.5 and 1.0% chamomile flowers (Ch.F), respectively. The results could be summarized as the following: The beast feed conversion ratio recorded with rabbits fed diet containing 0.25% Ch.F. Incorporation of Ch.F in rabbit diet improved digestibility coefficient values, blood biochemical parameters. Addition of Ch.F had a great value for reduction the microbial load in intestine. Also, Ch.F has a powerful effect on enterobacteriaceas colonization in different part of small intestine and has the capability to reduce much of pathogenic strains. From the present results it can be recommended that the best level that should be applied from the Ch.F as natural growth promoter and economical efficiency is 2.5 kg / ton diet.
Key words: chamomile, growth performance, feed additives, rabbits.
Publication year 2014
Pages 335-344
Availability location معهد بحوث الانتاج الحيوانى-شارع نادى الصيد- الدقى- الجيزة
Availability number
Organization Name
City العين السخنة
serial title 7th International Poultry Conference – Proceeding
Author(s) from ARC
External authors (outside ARC)
    عبد الرازق تاج الدين جامعة دمنهور
    عبد الحميد السيد عبد الحميد جامعة دمنهور
    حنان الجيار جامعة دمنهور
Agris Categories Animal feeding
Blood composition. Chamomile. Digestibility. Feed additives. Feed conversion efficiency. Performance testing. Rabbits.
Proposed Agrovoc microbial load;
Publication Type Conference/Workshop