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Use of Echinacea as a feed additive to enhance protection against coccidiosis
- Allen, P.C., Anderson, M., Danforth, H.D.
- United States Department of Agriculture patents 2004 no.US 6,767,546 B1
- Echinacea purpurea, feed additives, natural additives, feed supplements, vaccine adjuvants, coccidiostats, chicks, coccidiosis, immune response, vaccination, live vaccines, liveweight gain, patents, USDA, United States
- Echinacea dietary supplements are useful adjuvants for live anticoccidial vaccines. Feed supplementation with Echinacea preparations enhances the immune response to such vaccines. Echinacea purpurea in amounts of about 0.1% to 0.5% administered for about two weeks to day-old chicks has been found effective for providing significant weight gain compared to vaccination alone.