Research Article
A 9-week Feeding Study of Cuminum cyminum and Hibiscus sabdariffa in Bovans Chicks

I.A. Ibrahim, S.M.A. El Badwi, A.O. Bakhiet, W.S. Abdel Gadir and S.E.I. Adam

Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 2007, 2(7), 666-671.


The objective of the present study was to investigate the effects of low levels of dietary Cuminum cyminum seeds and Hibiscus sabdariffa calyces on the growth, organ pathology, haematological and serobiochemical parameters of Bovans chicks. C. cyminum seeds and H. sabdariffa calyces were fed to 7-day-old Bovans chicks at 2 and 10% of the diet for 9 weeks. The 10% H. sabdariffa calyx was toxic but not fatal to chicks and caused reduced body weight gain, inefficient feed utilization, enterohepatotoxicity, anaemia and alterations in serum aspartate aminotransferase and creatine kinase activities and cholesterol, total lipid and uric acid concentrations. These changes were also observed in the chicks fed C. cyminum seed at 10% of the diet and H. sabdariffa calyx at 2% of the diet but were less marked.

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