Utilization of mulberry leaf meal (Morus alba) as protein supplement in diets for laying hens

Al-kirshi, Riyadh Abbas and Alimon, Abdul Razak and Zulkifli, Idrus and Sazili, Awis Qurni and Wan Zahari, Mohamed and Ivan, Michel (2010) Utilization of mulberry leaf meal (Morus alba) as protein supplement in diets for laying hens. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 9 (3). pp. 265-267. ISSN 1594-4077

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A 12-week feeding experiment was conducted to study the effects of inclusion of 0 (control; Diet A), 10% (Diet B), 15% (Diet C) and 20% (Diet D) of mulberry leaf meal (Morus alba) in the diet on production performance and egg quality of laying hens. Feeding mulberry leaf meal (MLM) reduced (P<0.05) the feed intake, egg production, egg weight and egg mass. However, feed conversion ratio was not affected (P>0.05). Shell weight and yolk weight were decreased (P<0.01), but shell thickness and albumen weight were not affected (P>0.05). Haugh units increased (P<0.001) as the level of MLM increased. Also, feeding MLM improved (P<0.001) the yolk color when compared with control. The results indicated the possibility of including up to 10% of mulberry leaf meal in diets of egg laying hens without adversely affecting the performance and egg quality.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Mulberry leaf; Layer hens; Egg production; Egg quality
Subject:Chickens - Feeding and feeds
Subject:Eggs - Quality
Subject:Mulberry as feed
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Agriculture
DOI Number:10.4081/ijas.2010.e51
ID Code:17563
Deposited By: Norhazura Hamzah
Deposited On:13 Dec 2011 01:17
Last Modified:10 Dec 2012 05:13

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