Submitted to: Southern Poultry Science Society Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: November 1, 1996
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: An experiment was conducted to determine the ability of a hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate (T-Bind**TM) sorbent to reduce the toxicity of aflatoxins (AF) or T-2 toxin (T-2) in male broiler chickens from day-of- hatch to 21 days-of-age. The sorbent was added at 0.250% or 0.375% to diets containing AF at 5 or T-2 at 8 mg/kg of diet. When compared with controls, AF reduced body weight gain (BWG) by 27% and T-2 reduced BWG by 17%. The addition of the sorbent at 0.250% or 0.375%, in the absence of added mycotoxins, did not alter the performance of the chicks. The sorbent reduced the toxic effect of 5 mg AF/kg of diet on BWG by 43% but did not significantly diminish the toxic effect of 8 mg T-2/kg of diet. The decreased efficiency of feed utilization and the increased relative organ weights caused by AF were significantly diminished to differing degrees by the sorbent. Oral lesions caused by T-2 were not affected by the sorbent. These data demonstrate that this specific sorbent can provide protection against the toxicity of AF, but not T-2, in young broiler chicks.