International Journal of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry
Vol. 7, Issue 2, Part A (2022)
Erythrocytic indices of broilers treated with turmeric paste
Author(s): Onyeachonam FO and Oriaku UL
Abstract: Hematological indices of broilers treated with turmeric paste (TP) were assessed to determine whether the supplement, TP is safe or not. Hematological indices (PCV, HB, RBC, WBC, MCV, MCH, and MCHC) are indicators of the physiological status of animals and are used to monitor health or diagnose diseases. Sixty (60) day old broilers were randomly allocated into 2 groups namely group A: treated with 0.5 g/kg of turmeric paste and group B: untreated. There were significant differences in means of RBC (3.36; 3-30), WBC (200.33; 205.82), Platelets (198.44; 205.22) and MCHC (221. 88; 228.77) between the TP treated group and the untreated (control) group respectively. The means of RBC were significantly higher (p<0.05) while the means of WBC, platelets and MCHC were significantly lower (p<0.05) in the treated group when compared to the untreated group. The hematological values obtained from this study did not vary significantly from the reference values indicating that feeding broilers with TP do not affect their health status.