Anethum graveolens


Other Names:

Huixiang, Lao Coriander, Maaduru, Shepu, Suva


  • Diuretic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antitumor
  • Antiulcer
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Gastroprotective
Dill (Anethum graveolens)is an annual herb from the celery family Apiaceae. Dill is distinguished by its slender hollow stems, soft delicate leaves, and white to yellow small umbel flowers. Both fresh and dried dill leaves are used as herbs in Europe and central Asia. Dill oil is extracted from seeds, leaves and stems, which contains an essential oil used as flavoring in food industry. Dill is also used as a preservative for its ability to inhibit the growth of several harmful bacteria such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas. Specific applications studied in poultry include:
  • Control of insects in stored grain: Helpful in controling stored-grain insects and mites, such as Sitotroga cerealella, Sitophilus oryzae, Sitophilus zeamais, and Tyrophagus putrescentiae adults.
  • Respiratory health: There have been some reports from chicken bloggers that dill may be beneficial to chicken's respiratory health by feeding it to them or by drying and hanging it upside down on the inside of nestboxes for laying hens. It is reported to act as a natural sedative which aids in the egg laying process.

Poultry Specific Studies

TypePlant PartDosageSpecific useResultsRef
Broilersseeds0.3% of dietGI healthSerum protein concentration remained unchanged, whereas significant (p < 0.05) reduction in serum lipids like triglyceride, LDL and total cholesterol concentration was noticed due to dietary inclusion of seeds. Serum enzymes like AST and ALT concentrations depleted significantly (p < 0.05) treated groups, except at higher seed doses (T5); however, alkaline phosphatase levels were unaffected. Coliform count in caecum and jejunum reduced linearly (p < 0.01) due to seed inclusion, whereas dose-dependent proliferation of lactobacilli was evident (p < 0.01) in caecum and jejunum of treated birds. No effect was observed on the villus height and crypt depth of the jejunal mucosa. To conclude, dietary supplementation of hemp and dill seed could not affect the growth performance and carcass traits; however, it positively altered the serum lipid profile of the birds and improved gut health as well, thereby enhanced overall performance of broiler chickens.M Vispute et al., 2019
Chicksleaves powder1 to 3 g/kg feedoverall healthshowed a significant effect of dill addition on PCV while no significant effects on hemoglobin, globulin, red blood cells, total protein, glucose and cholesterol.A Hammod et al., 2019