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Effects of Ascorbic Acid on Rectal Temperature Fluctuations in Indigenous Turkeys During the Hot-Dry Season

A.Y. Adenkola1 and J.O. Ayo2
1Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria 2Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Abstract :

Experiments were performed on 40 indigenous turkeys with the aim of investigating, fluctuations
in their rectal temperature (RT) and the effect of ascorbic acid (AA) on during the hot-dry season. Twenty
turkeys which served as experimental birds were administered AA orally at the dose of 52 mg kgG1, while the remaining 20 turkeys which served as control were given ordinary water. Measurements of RT were taken for 3 days, one week apart and every hour from 06:00-19:00 h. The results showed that RT values in both experimental and control turkeys significantly (p<0.01) fluctuated with the hours of the day (r = 0.614, 0.612, respectively) and the dry-bulb temperature (r = 0.794, 0.928, respectively). The RT value of 41.2±0.03 C o recorded in experimental turkeys was significantly lower (p<0.05) than the corresponding value of
41.5±0.03°C obtained in control turkeys. The results demonstrated that AA significantly reduced RT values
in experimental turkeys. In conclusion, AA administration may be of value in turkeys subjected to unavoidable stressful conditions during the hot-hours of the day.

Keywords :
Ascorbic acid, fluctuations, hot-dry season, rectal temperature, Turkeys

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Volume 8, Number 5, - 2009 , ISSN 1682-8356

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