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Table 3 Effect of dietary treatments on laying hen performance

From: Nutritional impact of inclusion of garlic (Allium sativum) and/or onion (Allium cepa L.) powder in laying hens’ diets on their performance, egg quality, and some blood constituents

Item Number of egg/hen Percentage of egg production Egg mass/hen (g) Average of egg weight (g) Feed consumption/hen/day Feed conversion
First period (28 days)
 G1 22.20b 79.29b 1265.07b 56.94 119.71 2.63a
 G2 24.08a 85.98a 1394.75a 57.93 124.10 2.44ab
 G3 24.02a 85.77a 1355.08ab 56.47 122.01 2.42b
 G4 24.22a 86.51a 1381.71a 57.01 122.38 2.42b
 G5 24.34a 86.94a 1417.46a 58.26 129.74 2.45ab
 G6 23.69a 84.60a 1356.75ab 57.23 125.37 2.62ab
 Overall mean ± SE 23.76 ± 0.23 84.85 ± 0.82 1361.80 ± 15.69 57.31 ± 0.31 123.88 ± 1.31 2.49 ± 0.03
Second period (28 days)
 G1 22.86c 75.60c 1326.21c 58.01 128.44 2.72a
 G2 24.57ab 81.25ab 1466.08ab 59.68 129.96 2.49bc
 G3 25.89a 85.62a 1505.41a 58.22 122.95 2.29c
 G4 24.81ab 82.04ab 1478.12ab 59.57 125.98 2.39bc
 G5 23.40bc 77.38bc 1391.74bc 59.49 128.82 2.59ab
 G6 25.05a 82.84a 1471.52a 58.67 123.25 2.37bc
 Overall mean ± SE 24.43 ± 0.25 80.79 ± 0.84 1439.85 ± 16.71 58.94 ± 0.31 126.57 ± 1.14 2.47 ± 0.04
Third period (28 days)
 G1 21.84b 72.22b 1278.72b 58.55b 124.26 2.73a
 G2 24.36a 80.56a 1502.66a 61.60ab 126.76 2.37b
 G3 25.47a 84.23a 1525.08a 59.88ab 124.26 2.29b
 G4 23.97a 79.27a 1453.98a 60.62ab 125.44 2.43b
 G5 23.79a 78.67a 1463.28a 61.46ab 125.98 2.42b
 G6 24.93a 82.44a 1558.63a 62.37a 128.66 2.33b
 Overall mean ± SE 24.06 ± 0.30 79.56 ± 0.99 1463.72 ± 24.79 60.75 ± 0.44 125.89 ± 1.03 2.43 ± 0.04
  1. a, b, and c: means in the same column having different superscripts differ significantly (P < 0.05)
  2. SEM standard error of mean, G1 control, G2 contained 0.5% garlic powder, G3 contained 1% garlic powder, G4 contained 1% onion powder, G5 contained 1% onion powder + 0.5% garlic powder, G6 contained 1% onion powder + 1% garlic powder