Growth response of broilers given varying levels of bamboo-derived wood vinegar via drinking water
Wood vinegar has been used as a feed suplement and antibiotic alternative in livestock.
This study assessed the growth response and profitability of wood vinegar in broilers given
varying levels of wood vinegar via drinking water. A total of 100 broilers were randomly assigned
to four treatments: T0: 0% wood vinegar (control), T1: 2% wood vinegar, T2: 3% wood vinegar,
and T3: 4% wood vinegar, replicated five times with five birds per replication laid out in a
Completely Randomized Design. The results revealed that the weekly feed intake (WFI) in Days
9-15 was significantly different across the four treatments, and the lowest WFI was observed in
T0 and T3. No significant difference was noted on cumulative weight gain (CWG), average daily
weight gain (ADWG), and feed conversion ratio (FCR). Cost analysis revealed that T3 resulted
in return above feed and wood vinegar and animal cost (RAFWVAC), net income (NI), and
return on investment (ROI) of PhP36.10 (USD 0.75), PhP12.52 (USD 0.26) and 9.56%, per bird.
Further studies can investigate treatments with higher or lower wood vinegar concentration, and
analyze the organic components, anti-microbial property, bioactive compounds, and toxicity of
wood vinegar to provide a clearer explanation of the findings.