Recent advances in the practical usages of some trees/shrubs as ingredient of poultry diets

  • Alireza SeidaviEmail author
  • Masomeh Tavakoli
  • Siaka Seriba Diarra
  • Abdelfattah Z. M. Salem


The gradual ban of chemical additives in livestock and poultry feeds has stimulated research interest into alternative natural products in poultry feeding. The effect of various components from several these trees/shrubs on the growth, performance, carcass characteristics, immunity, microbial flora of the gastrointestinal tract, blood plasma constitutes, and other parameters affecting on the economic efficiency of poultry farming have been well studied. Cinnamon, cardamom, willow, dog-rose, sumac and milkvetch are trees/shrubs which have been included in the diet on account of their numerous chemical and medicinal properties. This article reviews the products from selected trees/shrubs, their uses and application in poultry feeding. The distribution, adaptation, uses and potential benefits of their supplementation on poultry are discussed. More research into the concentration of these materials, duration of feeding that will optimize birds’ performance and their possible toxicological effects is recommended.


Chemical feed additives Plant extracts Poultry performance Product quality 



Financial support by Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Grant No. is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Animal Science, Rasht BranchIslamic Azad UniversityRashtIran
  2. 2.School of Agriculture and Food TechnologyThe University of the South PacificApiaSamoa
  3. 3.Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y ZootecniaUniversidad Autónoma del Estado de MéxicoTolucaMexico

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