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Effect of dietary inclusion of sugar syrup on production performance, egg quality and blood biochemical parameters in laying hens

Hussein, Ahmed S., Ayoub, Mostafa A., Elhwetiy, Ahmed Y., Ghurair, Jamal A., Sulaiman, Mohsin, Habib, Hosam M.
Animal nutrition 2018 v.4 no.1 pp. 59-64
blood glucose, blood proteins, body weight, cholesterol, corn, creatinine, diet, egg production, egg weight, eggs, electrophoresis, energy, enzymes, feed intake, hen feeding, laying hens, liver, protein content, sugars, syrups
The effects of dietary inclusion of sugar syrup on quality of egg, cholesterol level, production performance, serum total protein and blood biochemical parameters were evaluated in laying hens. A total of 300 commercial Lohmann LSL hens (30 weeks of age) were randomly distributed into 3 dietary treatments which consisted of a normal corn diet containing corn–soy and 2 diets containing 5% and 10% sugar syrup. Each treatment was replicated 5 times (n = 20). Egg production, feed intake, body weight and egg weight of laying hens fed different diets were recorded. The experiment lasted for 20 weeks. The Haugh unit scores of hens fed diets with sugar syrup were significantly increased (P < 0.05) compared with the control treatment. The sugar syrup had no significant effect on liver enzymes, total protein, blood glucose and creatinine in all treatments. The eggs laid by hens fed sugar syrup diets had lower cholesterol level (P < 0.05) compared with those laid by hens fed the control diet. Electrophoresis analysis showed that comparable electrophoretic patterns were noticed between serum proteins of treatment groups. From the results, it can be concluded that sugar syrup diets and corn diets have similar effects on feed intake, body weight, production of eggs and blood biochemical parameters in layer hens, which suggests sugar syrup can be used as an energy source for replacing part of corn in poultry layer diets.