Effect of Feed Additive on Base of L-carnitine in Drinking Water on Internal and External Egg Quality

Cyril Hrnčár, Martin Gašparovič, Ján Weis, Henrieta Arpášová, Veronika Pistová, Martin Fik, Jozef Bujko

Abstract


The objective of present study was to investigate the effect of feed additive on base of L-carnitine (30%) on some parameters of egg quality. Totally 40 White Leghorn laying hens were divided in two groups: control group (n=20) received drinking water without any additives and experimental group (n=20) received feed additive in dose 1 ml per 1.2 l of drinking water for a period of 5 days in 2 week intervals from 26 to 56 week of age. Hens in both groups were feeding ad libitum with commercial layer diet. A total of 200 eggs (100 eggs from both group) were collected to study for external and internal quality of eggs. Albumen index and Haugh unit were improved (p<0.05), while yolk index and yolk color were not affected by administration of L-carnitine (p˃0.05). The albumen percentage increased (p<0.05) and that yolk percentage decreased (p<0.05) in response to supplementation of L-carnitine. Addition of L-carnitine did not influence egg weight, egg shape index and egg shell quality (shell percentage, shell thickness, shell strength).

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feeding. L-carnitine, laying, hen, egg quality

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LUCRARI STIINTIFICE ZOOTEHNIE SI BIOTEHNOLOGII (SCIENTIFIC PAPERS ANIMAL SCIENCE AND BIOTECHNOLOGIES)

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