Abstract : The experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of different levels of feed added Gum
Arabic powder on the performance, carcass characteristics and serum chemistry of broiler chicks. Five
experimental diet's were designated as A, B, C, D and E. Diet A as a control, B was supplemented with
antibiotic growth powder (Neomycin), diets C, D and E were supplemented with 2, 4 and 6% of Gum
Arabic respectively. 140 broiler chicks, 7 days old were randomly distributed into five treatments, each
treatment with four replicates and each replicate with seven chicks. Average weight gain, feed
consumption, feed conversion ratio, mortality rate, dressing percentage, weight of different commercial
cut's (breast, drumstick, thigh), giblets (liver, gizzard) abdominal fat, meat chemical composition and
serum chemistry were used as a criteria of response. Economics for each group was calculated at the end
of the experimental period. Results obtained showed no significant difference between treatment groups
in performance parameters, dressing percentage, yield of commercial cuts, non carcass components,
physical and chemical composition of meat values. The supplementation of control diet with Gum Arabic
significantly (P> 0.05) decreased total cholesterol, uric acid and calcium crystals and at the same time
increased the level of total protein in the blood serum compared to control group and that fed on diet
supplemented with antibiotic. Supplementation of Gum Arabic apparently improved the general
performance of broiler chicks, significantly decreased total cholesterol and uric acid of blood serum.
Economically Gum Arabic can be safely included in broiler diets up to 6% without any adverse effect.
Mukhtar Ahmed Mukhtar
Mohammed H. Tabidi
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