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Table 5 Effect of organic acids on intestinal morphology of broilers with and without coccidial challenge

From: Effect of organic acids on growth performance, intestinal morphology, and immunity of broiler chickens with and without coccidial challenge

Treatments1 C.C2 Measurements3        
   VH   CD   VH:CD   GC  
   18d 29d 18d 29d 18d 29d 18d 29d
   µm     µm/µm   NO./mm2  
CON 1077.5 1269.4 176.3 213.8 6.35 6.00 1983.6 1727.8
OAW 1087.6 1181.3 190.2 220.0 5.95 5.41 1786.0 1470.8
OAF 1082.4 1191.0 167.6 197.4 7.13 6.23 1866.5 1609.4
CONC  +  1273.7 1014.0 247.8 257.7 5.29 4.06 1514.1 1831.8
OAWC  +  1084.0 1168.5 237.8 251.9 4.72 4.77 1718.7 1716.4
OAFC  +  998.4 1200.9 217.1 255.5 4.86 4.78 1511.5 1710.7
SEM   75.5 81.6 27.6 20.6 0.59 0.40 106.0 159.2
Main effect means          
 CON   1175.6 1141.7 212.0 235.8 5.82 5.03 1748.8 1779.8
 OAW   1085.8 1174.9 214.0 236.0 5.34 5.09 1752.4 1593.6
 OAF   1040.4 1195.9 192.3 226.4 6.00 5.50 1689.0 1660.1
 C.C 1082.5 1213.9 178.0b 210.4b 6.48a 5.88a 1878.7a 1602.7
   +  1118.7 1127.8 234.2a 255.0a 4.96b 4.54b 1581.4b 1753.0
 P-value Diet 0.211 0.801 0.691 0.871 0.519 0.453 0.799 0.505
  C.C 0.562 0.209 0.02 0.014 0.004 0.001 0.002 0.259
  Diet × C.C 0.183 0.218 0.892 0.818 0.547 0.284 0.17 0.875
  1. 1CON Control diet, OAW Organic acid in water, OAF Organic acid in feed, CONC Control diet with Coccidial challenge, OAWC Organic acid in water with Coccidial challenge; and OAFC Organic acid in feed with Coccidial challenge
  2. 2C.C = Coccidial Challenge
  3. 3Villus height (VH); Crypts Depth (CD); Villus Height to Crypt depth ratio (VH:CD); and Goblet cell (GC)
  4. a, bMean within each column with no common superscript differ significantly (P < 0.05)