Articles | Volume 66, issue 1
Original study
09 Jan 2023
Original study |  | 09 Jan 2023

Effects of dietary thyme and rosemary essential oils on performance parameters with lipid oxidation, water activity, pH, colour and microbial quality of breast and drumstick meats in broiler chickens

Recep Gumus and Sevda U. Gelen

Related subject area

Subject: Animal nutrition | Animal: Birds
Growth performance, carcass yield and characteristics, meat quality, serum biochemistry, jejunal histomorphometry, oxidative stability of liver and breast muscle, and immune response of broiler chickens fed natural antioxidant alone or in combination with Bacillus licheniformis
Umair Ahsan, Shahram Golzar Adabi, Özge Sayın Özdemir, Ömer Sevim, Onur Tatlı, Eren Kuter, and Özcan Cengiz
Arch. Anim. Breed., 65, 183–197,,, 2022
Short summary
Dietary strategies to alleviate high-stocking-density-induced stress in broiler chickens – a comprehensive review
Sugiharto Sugiharto
Arch. Anim. Breed., 65, 21–36,,, 2022
Short summary
Dietary supplementary glutamine and L-carnitine enhanced the anti-cold stress of Arbor Acres broilers
Yang Liu, Yuying Yang, Ruizhi Yao, Yajie Hu, Peng Liu, Shuai Lian, Hongming Lv, Bin Xu, and Shize Li
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 231–243,,, 2021
Short summary
The effects of fermented milk products (kefir and yogurt) and probiotic on performance, carcass characteristics, blood parameters, and gut microbial population in broiler chickens
Mohammad Ghasemi-Sadabadi, Yahya Ebrahimnezhad, Abdolahad Shaddel-Tili, Vahid Bannapour-Ghaffari, Hashem Kozehgari, and Mirmojtaba Didehvar
Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 361–374,,, 2019
Effect of a low-energy and enzyme-supplemented diet on broiler chicken growth, carcass traits and meat quality
Elsayed O. S. Hussein, Gamaleldin M. Suliman, Alaeldein M. Abudabos, Abdullah N. Alowaimer, Shamseldein H. Ahmed, Mohamed E. Abd El-Hack, Mahmoud Alagawany, Ayman A. Swelum, Antonella Tinelli, Vincenzo Tufarelli, and Vito Laudadio
Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 297–304,,, 2019
Short summary

Cited articles

Abbasi, M. A., Ghazanfari, S., Sharifi, S. D., and Ahmadi Gavlighi, H.: Effect of rosemary essential oil as nitrite substitute on quality of sausage produced using chicken fed by thymus essential oil and rapeseed oil, J. Food Sci. Tech., 10, 1–12,, 2020. 
Abd El-Latif, A. S., Saleh, N. S., Allam, T. S., and Ghazy, E. W.: The effects of rosemary (Rosemarinus afficinalis) and garlic (Allium sativum) essential oils on performance, hematological, biochemical and immunological parameters of broiler chickens, Braz. J. Poult. Sci., 2, 16–24,, 2013. 
Abdel-Wareth, A. A. A., Kehraus, S., Hippenstiel, F., and Südekum, K. H.: Effects of thyme and oregano on growth performance of broilers from 4 to 42 days of age and on microbial counts in crop. small intestine and caecum of 42-day-old broilers, Anim. Feed Sci. Tech., 178, 198–202,, 2012. 
Aksoy, A., Güven, A., and Gülmez, M.: Bazıbitki infüzyonlarıve hidrodistilatlarının piliç etlerininde kontaminasyonu ve raf ömrüne etkisi, Kafkas Univ. Vet. Fak. Derg., 17, 137–143,, 2011. 
Al-Hijazeen, M., Lee, E. J., Mendonca, A., and Ahn, D. U.: Effect of oregano essential oil (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum) on the storage stability and quality parameters of ground chicken breast meat, Antioxidants, 5, 18,, 2016. 
Short summary
This study was aimed at determining the effects of different doses of thyme essential oil (TEO) and rosemary essential oil (REO) incorporated into broiler rations on performance parameters, including body weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion rate, as well as on the quality criteria of breast and drumstick meat. As a result, dietary supplementation with TEO and REO was determined to have a limited effect on performance parameters but to improve the microbial quality of meat.