Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences




The effects of 0%, 10%, 20% and 30% dried poultry excreta supplementation on rumen fermentation and blood parameters in Akkaraman lambs were investigated in the control group, group I, group II and group III respectively. Twenty-six Akkaraman lambs, 5.5-6 months-old, weighing 30 kg were used. They were fed in four groups. The blood and rumen contents were determined at 20-day intervals and the experimental period lasted 80 days. At the 20 th day, there were a significant differences among the four groups in pH, ammonia, urease activity, total volatile fatty acids and urea-N values of ruminal fluid. However, there were no statistical differences in these values among the groups at the end of the experiment. A significant increase in the total buffer capacity of the ruminal fluid was found in the group containing 30% dried poultry excreta (p £ 0.01). Feeding with dried poultry excreta caused a significant increase in the uric acid and total nitrogen values of the ruminal fluid (p £ 0.01). There was no statistical difference between groups in terms of serum glucose, urea-N, uric acid, creatinine, total proteins, free fatty acid and bood keton bodies values. It could be concluded that dried poultry excreta added to the rations as a nitrogen source had a positive effect on the nitrogen metabolis in the rumen, although had no effect on the fermentation quality of rumen or on blood parameters.


Poultry excreta, akkaraman lambs, fattening, rumen content, blood parameters.

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