IMPACT OF USING I-BOOST IN BROILER DRINKING WATER ON IMMUNITY, SERUM BIOCHEMICAL AND ANTIOXIDANT ENZYMES
This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of a specific herbal extract (I-Boost) on some biochemical, hormonal, immunological, and antioxidant enzymes in the drinking water of the broiler. A total of 204 one-day chicks (Ross 308) were used within three treatments. Each treatment was including four replicates (17 chicks/ replicate). The first treatment was control (T1) and had no I-Boost product in the drinking water. The second (T2) and third (T3) were containing 1 ml/L and 2 ml/L of I-Boost in drinking water, respectively. The chicks in T2 and T3 were given the product three consecutive days per week from day one to 35 days. Commercial feed was provided ad-libitum during the entire trial. On day 35, serum biochemical, IgG against ND and IBV, and antioxidant enzymes were measured. The results showed the addition of I-Boost in broiler drinking water has significantly increased the total IgG against IBV and ND diseases. Treatments had no significant effects on serum lipids parameters except for VLDL and triglyceride. Both serum total protein and globulin were significantly increased with the addition of I-Boost into drinking water. Thyroid hormone (T4) was significantly affected by this product while it did not affect the T3 level. Similarly, liver enzyme AST was significantly decreased in treated groups but ALT was not affected. The addition of I-Boost into drinking water significantly decreased serum glucose, uric acid, and creatine kinase. All of the studied serum antioxidant enzymes (TAC, SOD, CAT, GPx, and) were improved. It was concluded that the addition of 1ml/L and 2ml/L of I-Boost product into broiler drinking water improved the general biochemical, immunological, and antioxidant enzymes in broiler chicken.
Broiler; Herbal extract; I-Boost; Antioxidant; Immunity