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17. Studies on the effectiveness of oral pellet vaccine in improving egg production and egg quality in desi chicken - T. Lurthu Reetha, J. Johnson Rajeswar, T. J. Harikrishnan, K. Sukumar, P. Srinivasan and J. John Kirubakaran

Veterinary World, 9(8): 900-903



   doi: 10.14202/vetworld.2016.900-903



T. Lurthu Reetha: Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University - Regional Research, Pudukkottai - 622 004, Tamil Nadu, India;

J. Johnson Rajeswar: Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Tirunelveli - 627 001, Tamil Nadu, India;

T. J. Harikrishnan: Directorate of Research, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai - 600 051, Tamil Nadu, India;

K. Sukumar: Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal - 637 002, Tamil Nadu, India;

P. Srinivasan: Veterinary University Training and Research Centre, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India;

J. John Kirubakaran: Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai - 600 007, Tamil Nadu, India;


Received: 31-03-2016, Accepted: 19-07-2016, Published online: 24-08-2016


Corresponding author: T. Lurthu Reetha, e-mail:

Citation: Reetha TL, Rajeswar JJ, Harikrishnan TJ, Sukumar K, Srinivasan P, Kirubakaran JJ (2016) Studies on the effectiveness of oral pellet vaccine in improving egg production and egg quality in desi chicken, Veterinary World, 9(8): 900-903.

Aim: To study the effect of Newcastle disease (ND) oral pellet vaccine in egg production and egg quality in desi chicken.

Materials and Methods: The study was conducted at Veterinary University Training and Research Centre, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. A total of 48-day-old desi chicks obtained from a private hatchery in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, were maintained under cage system of rearing up to 52 weeks of age as per standard management practices. All the 48 chicks were divided into six groups having eight chicks in each group were subjected to different treatment regimes. All the birds were challenged at 52 weeks of age with 0.5 ml dose of 104.0 egg infectious dose 50 virulent ND field virus. 10 eggs from each group were randomly collected during the last 3 days of 8 weeks interval period from 28 to 52 weeks of age and were used to measure the egg quality parameters. The production performance of each group was assessed at 4 weeks interval period from 25 to 52 weeks of age.

Results: In all the six treatment groups with respect to egg production, no significant difference (p≥0.05) was noticed from 25 to 52 weeks of age. Similarly, in egg weight, egg shape index and specific gravity, no significant difference (p≥0.05) was noticed from 28 to 52 weeks of age.

Conclusion: From this study, it is concluded that the administration of ND oral pellet vaccine to desi chicken does not affect the egg production performance, egg weight, egg shape index, and specific gravity of egg.

Keywords: effectiveness, egg production, egg quality, desi chicken, oral pellet vaccines.

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