The effect of zeolite on broiler performance

Gezen S., Eren M., Deniz G.

INDIAN VETERINARY JOURNAL, vol.81, no.4, pp.411-415, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 81 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.411-415
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: No


Zeolites are crystalline alumino-silicates with fully cross-linked open framework structures made up of corner-sharing SiO4 and AlO4 tetrahedral (Karapinar, 1998). It has been reported (Hatieganu et al., 1979) that the addition of zeolites to broiler feeds at the rates of 5 to 9% improved growth rate by 9 to 12% and feed conversion rate (FCR) by 12%. Dietary zeolite supplementation has also been reported (Edwards, 1988) to cause a reduction in the incidence and score of tibial dyschondroplasia (TD), which is a developmental disorder in broiler chickens, characterized by the formation of a lesion composed of noncalcified - nonvascularized cartilage, that can extend from the epiphyseal growth plate into the metaphysis (Cook, 2000).