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Indian Journal of Poultry Science
Year : 2012, Volume : 47, Issue : 1
First page : ( 118) Last page : ( 120)
Print ISSN : 0019-5529. Online ISSN : 0974-8180.

Effects of dietary vitamin E and selenium on growth performance of growing broiler chicken reared at high altitude

Biswas A.*, Bharti V. K., Raj Tilak, Kumar Ashish, Srivastava R.B.

Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), DRDO, C/O: 56 APO, Leh - 194 101, (J&K)

*Corresponding author: e.mail - drbiswas007@rediffmail.com

Online published on 11 March, 2013.


This experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of dietary vitamin E and selenium on production performance in growing broiler reared at high altitude. One hundred and eighty day old broiler chicks were randomly divided into nine groups each of 20 chicks each (three dietary treatments x three replicates). Group T1 was maintained as control and was fed on basal diet throughout the experimental period. Two experimental diets T2 and T3 were formulated to contain an additional 100g (150 IU VE/kg + 0.5 mg Se/kg) and 200 g (300 IU VE/kg + 1.0 mg Se/kg), respectively. Mean body weight of the chicks at 3 weeks and 6th weeks were significantly (P<0.05) different. Cumulative feed intake were significantly (P<0.05) different in 0–3 wks but no significant differences were observed in 0–6 wks. Feed conversion ratio (FCR) was similar among the three groups. In case of organ weight, liver, heart and gizzard weight were not significantly (P>0.05) different between the control and other two groups but significant (P<0.05) difference was observed in thymus weight among the three treated groups. The result reveals that dietary supplementation of vitamin E and selenium is an effective way of getting the best result in terms of production performance in growing broiler chicken at high altitude Leh-ladakh region.



Antioxidant, vitamin E, selenium, high altitude, broiler chicken.


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