Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 52 issue 1 (january 2018) : 72-78

Egg production and quality characteristics of laying hens fed diets supplemented with dry caper (Capparis spinosa) leaf powder

Arda Yildirim, Ahmet Sekeroglu, Hüseyin Koç, Hasan Eleroglu, Mustafa Duman, Yalçin Tahtali, Mahfuz Elmastas, Merve Isil Sen Mutlu
1Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Gaziosmanpasa, 60240 Tokat, Turkey
Cite article:- Yildirim Arda, Sekeroglu Ahmet, Koç Hüseyin, Eleroglu Hasan, Duman Mustafa, Tahtali Yalçin, Elmastas Mahfuz, Mutlu Sen Isil Merve (2017). Egg production and quality characteristics of laying hens fed diets supplemented with dry caper (Capparis spinosa) leaf powder. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 52(1): 72-78. doi: 10.18805/ijar.B-556.
An in vivo experiment was conducted to determine the effect of dietary inclusion of dry Caper (Capparis spinosa) leaf powder (DCL) on egg production and egg quality of laying hens at the beginning of the laying period. Four groups of commercial hens (ATAK-S) were fed with diets containing 0, 5, 10 and 15 g DCL/kg. The results demonstrated that dietary DCL had no effect on feed intake, feed efficiency, egg mass (EM) and egg production parameters (P>0.05). Hen–day egg production (HDP) value of the groups was 69.52%, 64.97%, 68.02% and 71.72% respectively. Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC), ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) and total phenolics amount of DCL were 51.06±2.300 mmol trolox/kg, 50.10±3.488 mmol TEAC/kg and 2.78±0.050 g gallic acid equivalents (GAE)/kg respectively. Based on the results from the current study, the dietary DCL with levels up to 15 g/kg neither reduced productivity performance traits nor improved egg quality characteristics.
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