Effect of abrupt dietary energy changes on daily caloric intake and performance of young laying hens

C. M. Parsons, R. A. Zimmerman, K. W. Koelkebeck, Y. Zhang

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Abstract

The effects of abrupt dietary energy changes on daily feed and caloric intake during the transition from the pullet to the layer programs and on infsequent layer performance were investigated in two experiments. In Experiment 1, birds were fed pullet diets containing 2943, 3113, or 3187 kcal TMEn/kg from 11 through 18 wk of age and then fed layer diets containing either 2829 or 2943 kcal TMEn/kg from 18 through 34 wk. In Experiment 2, birds were fed pullet diets containing either 2863 or 3259 kcal TMEn/kg from 11 through 18 wk of age and then fed layer diets containing 2845, 2958, or 3073 kcal TMEn/kg from 18 through 34 wk. Within two to three days following the change from pullet to layer diets, birds adjusted their feed intakes so that daily caloric intakes were similar among treatments in most cases. The results indicate that 18-wk-old pullets adapt rapidly to abrupt dietary energy changes when switched from pullet grower diets to layer diets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Poultry Research
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

Keywords

  • Caloric intake
  • Dietary energy
  • Feed intake
  • Laying hens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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