Biodegradable rice husks in laying bird's diet: Performance and egg quality parameters

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Iyayi, E.
Onilude, A.
Eniola, I.
Aderolu, A. Z.
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Livestock Research for Rural Development
Rice husks were subjected to biodegradation using the fungus Trichoderma viridii, and included in traditional diets for laying hens at rates of 20, 30 and 40%; a diet with 20% undegraded rice husk was used as control. Biodegradation of rice husk led to improvements in nutritional composition (higher crude protein; less fibre) than the untreated material. However, there was no difference in feed intake or hen-housed egg production between the diets with undegraded or biodegraded rice husk at the 20% level. Increasing the level of biodegraded rice husk from 20 to 40% resulted in a linear decrease in egg production.
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Biodegradation , Egg production , Egg quality , Laying Birds , Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES
Aderolu, A. Z., Iyayi, E. A., Onilude, A. A. and Emiola, 1. (2004). Biodegraded Rice Husks in Laying Birds Diet; Performance and Egg Quality Parameters. Journal of Livestock Research for Rural Development Vol.16(11): 1-4.