Histological investigations on the effects of feeding a diet containing red hot pepper on the reproductive organs of the chicken

Ozer A., Erdost H., Zik B.

PHYTOTHERAPY RESEARCH, vol.19, no.6, pp.501-505, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/ptr.1690
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.501-505
  • Keywords: red hot pepper, laying hens, reproductive organs, CAPSAICIN, NEURONS, GROWTH, PRINCIPLES, HYPEREMIA, SECRETION, STOMACH
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


In the present study the growth and reproductive organ differences in chickens fed a diet containing 1% red hot pepper (10 g/kg diet) from the first day of age were investigated. In birds fed with the experimental diet it was observed that the abdominal fat content decreased. During the experiment the increase in weight gain in the treated group in the first 4 months was reversed in favour of the control group in month 5. Follicular development in the treated group was faster and laying started 11 days before the control group, and the epithelial and muscular development of the oviduct was always greater than that of the control group.