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Performance and Egg Quality of Laying Birds Fed Varying Levels of Oil Palm Slurry-Wheat Offal Meal Based Diets

T. A. Rafiu
Vol 9(4), 25-31

The study was conducted to evaluate the effect of Oil Palm Slurry-Wheat Offal (OPS:WO) meal based diets on the performance and egg quality of laying birds. OPS:WO were combined at (1:1) and (1:1.5), and used for partial replacement of maize in treatment 2 (T2) and treatment 3 (T3) respectively. 90 laying birds were equally and randomly distributed among the 3 treatments of three replicates each. Birds were raised for 12 weeks during which feed consumption, egg production, egg quality parameters were monitored. Henday production was significantly (P<0.05) different with highest value (78.39) recorded from T2 while least value (66.79) recorded from the control. Production cost was also in favour of T2. Significant (P<0.05) difference in egg shell and egg shape index were recorded, while all other egg quality parameters were not significant (P>0.05). It could be established that processed OPS:WO could be used as feed ingredient in laying diet.

Keywords : Egg Production Egg Quality Layer Non-Conventional Oil Palm Slurry

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