Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 24, Issue 13, pp 12319–12327 | Cite as

The effectiveness of dietary sunflower meal and exogenous enzyme on growth, digestive enzymes, carcass traits, and blood chemistry of broilers

  • Mahmoud AlagawanyEmail author
  • Adel I. Attia
  • Zenat A. Ibrahim
  • Reda A. Mahmoud
  • Sabry A. El-Sayed
Research Article


High costs of conventional protein feed sources including soybean meal (SBM) generated the need for finding other alternatives. Thus, the present study was designed to evaluate the impact of graded replacements of SBM by sunflower seed meal (SFM) with or without enzyme supplementation on growth performance, digestive enzymes, carcass traits, and blood profile of broiler chickens. A total of 240 unsexed 1-week-old broiler chicks (Hubbard) were randomly divided into eight treatment groups of 30 chicks each in five replicates each of six chicks in a factorial design (4 × 2) arrangement, including four levels of SFM (0, 25, 50, and 75% replacing SBM) and two levels of enzyme (0- or 0.1-g/kg diet) supplementation. Performance traits including feed conversion ratio, body weight, and weight gain were significantly (P < 0.01) improved with increasing SFM up to 50% substitution for SBM or with enzyme supplementation in broiler diet during the experiment. However, feed intake of broiler chicks was decreased with enzyme supplementation (P < 0.05). The activities of digestive enzymes (protease and amylase) were significantly (P < 0.05) influenced and enhanced by SFM and enzyme inclusion in diets, respectively. The activities of protease and amylase were improved with SFM diet supplemented with 0.1 g/kg enzyme in comparison with those with the un-supplemented diet. The evaluated carcass traits were not statistically (P > 0.05) influenced by feeding SFM meal or enzyme addition. Biochemical blood parameters were significantly (P < 0.01) affected by SFM, enzyme, or their interaction in broiler diets, except for globulin that was not affected by dietary enzyme. It is concluded that increasing SFM level in the diet up to 50% replacing SBM with the supplementation of enzyme improved the growth performance and enhanced positively carcass traits as well as the activity of digestive enzymes in broiler chickens.


Sunflower meal Enzyme Performance Carcasses Digestive enzyme Broiler 


Compliance with ethical standards

The study was performed according to the local experimental animal care committee and approved by the ethics of institutional committee of the Department of Poultry, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Egypt.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahmoud Alagawany
    • 1
    Email author
  • Adel I. Attia
    • 1
  • Zenat A. Ibrahim
    • 1
  • Reda A. Mahmoud
    • 1
  • Sabry A. El-Sayed
    • 2
  1. 1.Poultry Department, Faculty of AgricultureZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Nutrition and Clinical Nutrition, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt

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