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Quality Improvement of Spermatozoa of Rooster Exposed to Heat Stress Treated with Pumpkin Seeds (Cucurbita moschata) and Vitamin E

Siti Eliana Rochmi, Herinda Pertiwi and Diyantoro Diyantoro

Animal Health Division, Health Department, Faculty of Voccational Studies, Airlangga University, Surabaya, East Java 60286, Indonesia

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal July, 2019 : 96 (7) - pages 19 to 21
(Received: December, 2018, Accepted: March, 2019)


This study aimed to improved quality of spermatozoa by giving powdered pumpkin seeds and vitamin E in domestic rooster which exposed to heat stress. Different level of pumpkin seeds powder (0%, 15%, 20%, 25%)and 0.02% vitamin E were mixed with basal diet, then fed adlibitum to the chicken. Volume, pH, Concentration, motility, viability, abnormality of spermatozoa and fertility of egg were measured twice a week after a month. This research indicate that supplementation of concentrate feed with 20% pumpkin seed powder and 0.02% vitamin E could signicantly improve quality of spermatozoa which exposed heat stress, therefore it could support productivity of domestic rooster in tropical area.

Key Words: Pumpkin seed, Vitamin E, heat stress, Chicken, Spermatozoa

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