The use of Moringa oleifera in poultry diets


Abstract: Poultry production sectors in developing countries are facing some problems, one of which is an increase in the cost of feed due to high prices of protein and energy sources. In addition, they are also faced with the problem of the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens due to unwise and excessive use of antibiotics. Researchers are therefore looking for cheap, available, and safe alternative sources of protein and energy. In addition, scientists are also searching for natural antimicrobial ingredients. Some tropical legumes and plants were introduced into poultry diets as protein sources to decrease the cost of the feed. Recent studies report that some herbs, spices, and extracts may have antimicrobial, coccidiostatic, and anthelminthic properties. Moringa oleifera is a tree with many uses, and of great economic importance, found throughout most of the tropics. It was incorporated into the poultry diet by nutritionists to examine its effects on weaner rabbits', broilers', and laying hens' productive performance.

Keywords: Moringa oleifera, chemical analysis, broilers, layers, performance

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