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.: Home > International Journal of Poultry Science > 2008 > Volume 7 Number 5 > Talha E.E. Abbas1, Elfadil A. Elzubeir2 and Omer H. Arabbi3

Drinking Water Quality and its Effects on Productive Performance and Immune Response of Layers

Talha E.E. Abbas1, Elfadil A. Elzubeir2 and Omer H. Arabbi3
1Department of Poultry Production and Technology, Faculty of Agricultural Technology and Fish Science, University of Elneelain, Khartoum, P.O. Box: 12702, Sudan 2Department of Poultry Science, Faculty of Animal Production, University of Khartoum, Khartoum North, P.O. Box: 32, Sudan 3Department of Animal Health, Faculty of Animal Production, University of Gezira, Medani
Abstract :

Samples of water were taken from two sources (Nile and well). Physical, chemical and bacteriological analysis of samples revealed that, levels of salinity, hardness, alkalinity, Ca, Mg, Na and K in the well water were higher than those in the Nile water. Total bacterial count was higher in the Nile water than in the well water. Then an experiment was carried out to detect the effects of different sources of water on productive performance and immune response of immunized layers. The control (group A) was supplied with tap water that comes From Nile river. Group B was supplied with water from the same source and immunized with 0.2 ml of sheep red blood cells (SRBCs) at the end of the second week of the experiment. Group C was supplied with well water and immunized with SRBCs at the end of the second week of the experiment. After a 10 days interval group B and C were immunized with a second similar dose of SRBCs. different sources of water had no significant effect (P>0.05) on water and feed consumption, water/feed consumption ratio, egg production, egg weight, feed conversion ratio, change in body weight and on the  total antibodies titres of layers when immunized with SRBCs.

Keywords :
Drinking water, quality, layers, immunity, production

Date Deposited : 12 Jul 2011 10:06

Last Modified : 12 Jul 2011 10:06

Official URL: http://www.pjbs.org/ijps/ijps.htm

Volume 7, Number 5, - 2008 , ISSN 1682-8356

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