Interpretive Summary: A comparative study on feeding timing and additive types of broilers in a high-temperature environment
By: Jiseon Son, Woo-Do Lee, Hyunsoo Kim, Eui-Chul Hong, Hee-Jin Kim, Yeon-Seo Yun, Hwan-Ku Kang
The increasing frequency of exposure to high-temperature environments has prompted research into nutritional approaches to alleviate heat stress in chickens, but little research has been reported on feeding timing. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of feeding timing on the effectiveness of the natural antioxidants vitamin C (VC) and green tea extract (GTE). Production was similar among all treatments, and GTE fed from 1 d of age increased antioxidant capacity, including DPPH, FRAP, and MDA in carcass quality. VC fed from 1 d of age decreased AST and increased IgM in the blood, and increased villus height (VH), with a positive effect on intestinal development. In conclusion, feeding VC and GTE from 1 d of age has been shown to effectively alleviate stress by increasing antioxidant capacity in breast meat, positively changing total cholesterol, AST, and IgM in the blood, and maintaining intestinal morphology, and it is important to set the timing of feeding to increase the effectiveness of the additives.
Read the full article in the Journal of Animal Science.