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International Journal of Poultry Science
Year: 2019  |  Volume: 18  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 88 - 92

Effect of Turmeric (Curcuma domestica, Val) Extract as a Feed Additive on Performance and Egg Quality of Quail

Nuraini, Mirzah and Ade Djulardi    

Abstract: Background and Objective: Turmeric (Curcuma domestica, Val) extract (TE) is a natural source of yellow-orange pigment and a natural source of antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antitumor compounds. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of TE as a feed additive on egg production performances and egg quality of laying quail. Materials and Methods: This study used 208 week old Laying quails. The experiment was performed in a completely randomized design (CRD) with five treatments (0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 ppm TE in drinking water) with four replicates each. The basal diet contained 20% crude protein and 2800 kcal kg–1. The parameters measured were feed intake, hen day-egg production, egg weight, egg mass production, feed conversion, egg yolk color and egg cholesterol content. Results: Increasing the TE level significantly increased (p<0.05) feed intake and hen-day egg production, egg mass production and egg yolk color but significantly decreased (p<0.05) feed conversion and egg cholesterol content. Feed intake, hen-day egg production and yolk color were optimal with the inclusion of 20 ppm TE in the drinking water while egg cholesterol content and feed conversion were lowest at this concentration. Conclusion: This study shows that 20 ppm TE increased the egg production performance and egg quality of laying quail without notable negative effects and therefore should be considered.

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