Carbonated drinking water for improvement of eggshell quality of laying hens during summertime months

Ken W. Koelkebeck, Paul C. Harrison, Carl M. Parsons, George R. McCain

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Abstract

A carbonated drinking water system was installed in a cage layer facility and its effects on performance of 46- and 86-wk old commercial laying hens was evaluated during a 12-wk period in the summer. The water system effectively acidified the drinking water (pH 4.73 for carbonated water versus 7.67 for normal tap water). Overall, egg specific gravity (Weeks 1-12) of eggs laid by older hens was improved (P<.06) by providing a constant source of carbonated drinking water versus those given only tap drinking water (1.0790 versus 1.0776 g/cm3). Egg production, egg weight, egg mass, feed consumption, and feed efficiency were not different (P>.05) for hens provided carbonated versus tap drinking water. Thus, a carbonated drinking water system can be operated efficiently in a commercial cage layer facility and can help improve eggshell quality of flocks experiencing shell quality problems during the summer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-199
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Poultry Research
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

Keywords

  • Carbonated drinking water
  • Egg specific gravity
  • Improved eggshell quality
  • Laying hens
  • Production performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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