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Asian Journal of Animal Sciences
  Year: 2017 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 115-122
DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2017.115.122
 
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Hawthorn Leaves and Flowers Addition to Layer Feed on Productivity, Egg Weight and Egg Quality

Moutasem Mohamad Al-Massad, Ali Jaddo Al-Sharafat and Kamel Ina`m Sultan

Abstract:
Background and Objective: Due to the world trend to reduce the use of antibiotics in the treatment of diseases and as growth promoters, there is a need for the use of healthy natural alternatives that are environmentally safe products in order to maintain good production and to improve egg quality and characteristics. Therefore, objective of study was to use hawthorn leaves and flowers as natural alternatives for improving and maintaining the production of egg and its characteristics. Methodology: An experiment testing the addition of hawthorn powder to layer hen feed was conducted at Jerash University experimental station. One hundred twenty, of 18 weeks age, Hyline pullets were randomly distributed over three treatments each with four replicates. The three treatments were normal feed (control), feed with 0.1% hawthorn powder and feed containing 0.2% hawthorn powder. Results: The results indicated that there was no significant (p>0.05) improvement in hen day production percentage. The results also revealed that addition of hawthorn powder to the laying hen feed resulted in more stable egg production, improved egg weight, improved egg shape and eggshell thickness. The results also showed that hawthorn addition decreased the eggshell percentage to total egg weight. Egg yolk weight, egg diameter, egg yolk height, albumen weight and height were improved by adding hawthorn to layer feed. Cholesterol content was reduced. Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study it is recommended to add hawthorn dried plant leaves and flowers powder to layer feed for improved and stable egg production, egg weight and egg shape.
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How to cite this article:

Moutasem Mohamad Al-Massad, Ali Jaddo Al-Sharafat and Kamel Ina`m Sultan, 2017. Hawthorn Leaves and Flowers Addition to Layer Feed on Productivity, Egg Weight and Egg Quality. Asian Journal of Animal Sciences, 11: 115-122.

DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2017.115.122

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajas.2017.115.122

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