Gastrointestinal Parasites of Domestic Chicken <em>Gallus-gallus domesticus</em> Linnaeus 1758 in Samaru, Zaria Nigeria

  • Luka S. A. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • Ndams I. S. abu zaria


A survey of gastrointestinal parasites of the domestic chicken (Gallus-gallus domesticus) Linnaeus was undertaken to determine the prevalence of infection. A total of 92 birds obtained from different locations in Samaru, Zaria were examined using the intestinal scrapping and floatation methods. The result showed that 57(61.9%) of the chickens harboured helminth and protozoan parasites. The abundant parasites encountered were Ascaridia galli Schrank 1788 (66.7%), Heterakis gallinarum Schrank 1788 (51.7%), Eimeria tenella Railliet & Lucet 1891; Fantham 1909 (43.3%), Hymenolepis carioca de Magalhaes 1898 (38.3%), Raillietina tetragona Molin 1858 (36.7%), Raillietina echinobothrida Megnin 1880 (20%), Eimeria brunette Levine 1942 (16.6%) and Hartertia gallinarum Theiler 1919 (1.7%). The small and large intestines and caecum were the preferred sites of infection by the parasites. There was no significant association (p>0.05) between the size of the chicken and worm burden. The role of gastrointestinal parasites in the depletion of nutrients and vitamins and reduction of productivity in birds was highlighted

Author Biographies

Luka S. A., Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
biological sciences, lecturer 1
Ndams I. S., abu zaria
biological sciences, senior lecturer