Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 89, Issue 1, pp 53–64 | Cite as

Optimal dietary concentration of chromium for alleviating the effect of heat stress on growth, carcass qualities, and some serum metabolites of broiler chickens

  • Kazim Sahin
  • Nurhan Sahin
  • Muhittin Onderci
  • Ferit Gursu
  • Gurkan Cikim


This study was conducted to determine the effects of chromium (chromium picolinate, CrPic) supplementation at various levels (0, 200, 400, 800, or 1200 µ/kg of diet) on performance, carcass characteristics, and some serum metabolites of broiler chickens (Ross) reared under heat stress (32.8°C). One hundred fifty old male broilers were randomly assigned to 5 treatment groups, 3 replicates of 10 birds each. The birds were fed either a control diet or the control diet supplemented with either 200, 400, 800, or 1200 µg Cr/kg of diet. Increased supplemental chromium resulted in an increase in body weight (p=0.01, linear), feed intake (p≤0.05, linear), and carcass characteristics (p≤0.05, linear) and improved feed efficiency (p=0.01, linear). Increased supplemental chromium decreased serum corticosterone concentration (p=0.01, linear), whereas it increased serum insulin and T3 and T4 concentrations (p=0.01). Serum glucose and cholesterol concentrations decreased (p=0.01), whereas protein concentrations increased linearly (p=0.001) with higher dietary chromium supplementation. Results of the present study conclude that a supplementation of diet with chromium at 1200 ppb can alleviate the detrimental effects of heat stress in broiler.

Index Entries

Chromium heat stress performance thyroid corticosterone broilers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazim Sahin
    • 1
  • Nurhan Sahin
    • 2
  • Muhittin Onderci
    • 2
  • Ferit Gursu
    • 3
  • Gurkan Cikim
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Animal Nutrition, Veterinary FacultyUniversity of FiratElazigTurkey
  2. 2.Veterinary Control and Research InstituteMinistry of AgricultureElazigTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Biochemistry, School of MedicineUniversity of FiratElazigTurkey

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