Document Type : Primary Research paper
Department of Animal Production, College of Agricultural Engineering sciences, University of Baghdad, Iraq
Office of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture, Iraq
This study was conducted at the poultry research station to the office of Agricultural Research / Ministry of Agriculture / during the period 4/1/2016 to 5/5/2016 and 336 one-day-old Ross308 chicks were used, and fed on diets provided with dried dill (Anethum gravelens) at levels 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8% for treatments D2, D3 and D4, respectively, and they were compared with the control treatment D1. Each treatment included three replicates in each replicate contain 28 birds, in order to study the effect of adding different levels of dried dill plant on the productive performance and some characteristics of the carcass for broilers. The results showed a significant increase (p<0.05) in the average body weight at 5 weeks of age for the treatments (D2 and D3) compared to the control treatment D1. The study showed a significant increase (p<0.05) in the rate of weight gain for birds of the treatment in which different percentages of dried dill powder were used compared to the control treatment for the periods (3-5), (0-5) weeks and also feed consumption ratio increased significantly (p<0.05) for treatments D1, D2 and D3 for periods (3-5) and (0-5) compared to treatment D4. These results were reflected on feed conversion ratio, which showed am obvious improvement in the treatments in which dried dill powder was used for all percentages, but the improvement was obvious in the D4 treatment that did not Significantly differ for each of the treatments D2 and D3 compared to the control treatment (D1) during the breeding period .The results had indicated a significant increase (P<0.05) in the percentage of the Brest cut of the birds of treatments D1, D2 and D4 compared to treatment D3, also the study showed a significant increase in liver's weight percentage for birds of D2 treatment compared to other treatments. We conclude from this study the possibility of adding dried dill plant powder to the diet at levels of 0.4 and 0.6% to obtain a positive improvement in the productive performance of meat broilers.