HomeIAMURE International Journal of Ecology and Conservationvol. 36 no. 1 (2021)

Oriental Herbal Nutrients as Alternative Antibiotic for Broilers




Most Herbal plants contain a natural antibiotic component and can be extracted through processing, such as making Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) have an alternative to commercial antibiotics. Mostly, commercial antibiotics are scientifically proven to be effective. Thus, this study was conducted to evaluate the growth performance, carcass quality, and sensory evaluation of broilers using Oriental Herbal Nutrients as water additives. The experiment was laid out in a Complete Randomized Design involving. The result showed that most of the parameters in growth performance revealed insignificant results except for feed consumption. Results from the different formulated OHN with the control groups, hence OHN 1 had the best impact among the three prepared OHN. In carcass evaluation, adding OHN in the birds’ drinking water did not affect the broiler’s skin, fat, and muscle color. Higher carcass yield was recorded in the treatments with Oriental Herbal Nutrient. For sensory evaluation, formulated OHN are acceptable to evaluators; hence OHN1 at 9ml obtained the highest mean as evaluated by the panelist. A lesser mortality rate was observed in treatments with OHN as an alternative antibiotic. In terms of ROI, OHN1 also obtained the highest percentage. Thus, using OHN is recommended instead of buying commercial antibiotics to minimize its harmful effect on consumers’ health. A similar study could be conducted to verify its effectiveness and using other herbal plants available in the locality is recommended.