Abstract : A total of 112 day-old unsexed broiler chicks (Ross 308) were used to investigate the effect of graded levels (0, 1, 2
and 3%) of fenugreek seed powder (FSP) on the performance, carcass characteristics and some blood serum attributes. Chicks
were randomly distributed in a complete randomized design into four groups (A, B, C and D) each group having four replicates
with seven chicks per each. Chicks in group A fed control diet, groups B, C and D fed on diets containing 1, 2 and 3% FSP
respectively. The results obtained revealed that chicks fed on 1% FSP recorded significantly (P< 0.05) the heaviest body weight
compared to all tested groups, while those fed on control diet recorded significantly the lowest body weight value. There were
no significant differences in body weight gain among groups fed on FSP, but they observed significantly high body weight gain
compared to control group. Chicks fed on diets supplemented with FSP consumed significantly more feed, and the best feed
conversion ratio (FRC) values compared to untreated group. Treatments had no significant effect on the health of the
experimental chicks. The addition of FSP significantly effect on the dressing percentage and with no significant effect on
carcass characteristics and the values of subjective meat quality. Supplementation of FSP on the broiler diets significantly
decreased serum cholesterol, total protein, albumin and calcium. It can be concluded that FSP supplementation to diets improve
the serum cholesterol, carcass characteristics and reduce serum cholesterol of broiler chicks. Economically chicks fed on diets
supplemented with FSP recorded the highest profits.
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