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Avian Dis. 1992 Jul-Sep;36(3):499-503.

The influence of diet on necrotic enteritis in broiler chickens.

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Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.


Necrotic enteritis was reproduced in broiler chickens by mixing cultures of Clostridium perfringens in the feed. Mortality due to necrotic enteritis was higher among chickens fed rations based on wheat, rye, barley, and oat groats than among chickens fed corn-based rations. Addition of pentosanase to a wheat-based diet did not affect the level of mortality due to necrotic enteritis. Addition of pectin and guar gum to different rations severely reduced growth rate and eliminated necrotic enteritis from test birds. Addition of glucose to a corn-based diet caused a small increase in mortality due to necrotic enteritis.

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