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Growth enhancement in broiler chickens receiving CHEMEQRTM polymeric antimicrobial

Hampson, D.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-7729-0427 and Murdoch, A.I. (2003) Growth enhancement in broiler chickens receiving CHEMEQRTM polymeric antimicrobial. Avian Pathology, 32 (6). pp. 605-611.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03079450310001610703
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Abstract

This study investigated the use of CHEMEQRTM polymeric antimicrobial as a means of enhancing health and growth rates in broiler chickens. One-day-old Cobb-500 broilers were reared to 42 days. In trial 1, 100 birds received CHEMEQRTM polymeric antimicrobial via water, and 100 birds were untreated. Treated birds had significantly greater (P < 0.0001) average daily gain (ADG), significantly lower (P < 0.0016) feed conversion ratios, significantly lower (P < 0.05) mortality, and a significantly lower (P < 0.0042) viscosity of their ileal contents. In trial 2, three groups of 40 birds received reducing dosages of CHEMEQ polymeric antimicrobial, and a fourth group remained untreated. Groups receiving CHEMEQRTM polymeric antimicrobial had significantly greater (P < 0.05) ADG, and two groups had significantly lower (P < 0.05) feed conversion ratios than the controls. In trial 3, groups of 40 birds received either CHEMEQRTM polymeric antimicrobial, Salinomycin or Lasalocid in-feed, or were untreated. Birds receiving CHEMEQRTM polymeric antimicrobial had significantly greater (P < 0.05) ADG than those receiving Salinomycin. CHEMEQ RTM polymeric antimicrobial helped to maintain the health and to improve the growth performance of broiler chickens.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/11822
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