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The effects of choice feeding with whole wheat continuous, intermittent and with limestone on performance, egg quality parameters and profitability in laying hens

, Güven Güngör, Burak Rahmi Yalçin, Savaş SARIÖZKAN, Yusuf Konca

Abstract: This study was conducted to investigate the effects of choice feeding of whole wheat on performance, egg quality and income in laying hens. In the study, a total of 160-Hyline W-80 white commercial laying hens with 28 weeks old were divided into four treatment groups and fed 84 days. The treatment groups were as follows: 1) Control (C, standard commercial laying hen feed), 2) C feed+choice feeding continuously with whole wheat in a separate cup (CW), 3) C feed+weekly intermittent choice feeding with whole wheat in a separate cup (WW), 4) C feed+choice feeding with continuous whole wheat+limestone together in a separate cup (WL). Choice feeding with whole wheat methods (continuous, weekly intermittent and with limestone) caused a significant decrease in live weight change of laying hens (P0.05). In conclusion, the choice feeding of whole wheat in laying hens did not negatively affect the performance and economic parameters; however, it caused reductions in some egg quality values.
Keywords: intermittent / limestone / wheat / choice feeding / treatment / laying hens / cup

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