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Table 3 Effect of Bacillus coagulans on growth performance of broiler chickens infected with NE

From: Effects of Bacillus coagulans supplementation on the growth performance and gut health of broiler chickens with Clostridium perfringens-induced necrotic enteritis

Items NEd Feed intake, g/d Body weight gain, g/d FCRc
d 1–14 d 15–21 d 22–28 d 29–42 d 1–14 d 15–21 d 22–28 d 29–42 d 1–14 d 15–21 d 22–28 d 29–42
Bacillus coagulans, mg/kg
 0 347.1 536.2 655.4 2475.0 266.7 316.5 363.0 1344.8 1.30 1.70 1.82 1.84
 0 + 358.7 550.3 610.9 2472.0 264.8 316.0 325.6 1341.9 1.36 1.74 1.88 1.85
 400 346.7 535.2 660.5 2532.0 274.1 341.8 377.2 1431.7 1.27 1.57 1.76 1.77
 400 + 345.2 545.8 631.1 2553.0 267.2 339.0 363.9 1398.8 1.29 1.61 1.74 1.83
 SEMe   3.96 3.95 7.01 27.71 2.91 3.93 7.53 16.74 0.016 0.018 0.034 0.016
Main effect
 400   346.0 540.5 645.8 2542.5 270.6 340.4a 370.6 1415.2 1.28 1.59b 1.75 1.80
 0   352.9 543.3 633.1 2473.5 265.8 316.2b 344.3 1343.4 1.33 1.72a 1.85 1.84
 Challenged   351.9 548.1 621.0b 2512.5 266.0 327.4 344.7b 1370.3 1.32 1.68 1.81 1.84
 Non-challenged   346.9 535.7 658.0a 2503.5 270.4 329.1 370.1a 1388.2 1.29 1.63 1.79 1.81
P-valuesf
Bacillus coagulans   0.402 0.731 0.385 0.237 0.417 0.010 0.036 0.053 0.151 0.004 0.153 0.197
 Challenged   0.537 0.142 0.022 0.874 0.460 0.835 0.038 0.603 0.246 0.269 0.771 0.381
 Challenged × Bacillus coagulans   0.426 0.831 0.600 0.832 0.670 0.889 0.043 0.662 0.673 0.947 0.587 0.463
  1. a,bMeans within the same column with different superscripts differ significantly (P < 0.05)
  2. cFCR = feed conversion ratio = g of feed intake / g of BW gain, g/g
  3. dNE = Co-challenged with Eimeria spp. and Clostridium perfringens; −, without NE challenge; +, with NE challenge
  4. eSEM, standard error of the mean
  5. fP-values represent the main effect of the diet, the main effect of NE challenge, and the interaction between the dietary treatments and NE challenge