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Table 3 Performance, egg qualities and serum characteristics of layers fed cashew reject meal based diets

From: Cashew reject meal in diets of laying chickens: nutritional and economic suitability

  Control Defatted cashew reject meal Full fat cashew reject meal  
  0% 50% 75% 100% 25% 37.5% 50% SEM
Performance characteristics, g
Initial Live Wt 1565.00 1570.50 1480..00 1355.70 1443.80 1520.40 1505.50 65.55
Final Live Wt 1576.70ab 1586.70a 1496.00c 1400.00c 1500.00bc 1676.70a 1650.00a 80.10
Av. body wt gained 10.00c 15.10c 15.50c 44.00b 55.50b 155.20a 144 .00a 13.10
Hen day Prod. (%) 63.90ab 67.20a 68.90a 62.70ab 58.60b 55.80b 58.60b 5.00
Feed intake (g/day) 130a 140a 130a 110c 128a 125ab 115bc 7.30
Abdominal fat wt 4.34c 4.28c 5.60b 5.97b 5.62b 6.24ab 8.01a 0.55
Feed conversion R. 3.66 4.36 3.38 3.57 3.65 4.16 4.11 0.52
Cost of feed (₦) 59.71a 53.66b 50.64bc 47.51c 56.27ab 54.02bc 51.77bc 2.10
Cost/kg egg weight, ₦ 218.53ab 244.69a 171.16c 169.61c 200.50b 204.93b 212.77b 11.50
Egg quality characteristics
Egg weight, g 49.7 53.7 53.83 49.00 49.83 53.00 49.00 1.5
Shell thickness, mm 0.33 0.34 0.34 0.33 0.32 0.32 0.34 0.03
Yolk thickness, cm 1.56 1.58 1.59 1.62 1.56 1.61 1.65 0.25
Albumen thickness, cm 0.66 0.66 0.70 0.59 0.59 0.65 0.65 0.05
Serum composition
Cholesterol, mg/dl 55.00 50.00 55.05 62.00 64.00 62.00 65.00 8.50
Protein, g/dl 4.20 3.65 3.95 3.70 3.60 3.70 4.15 0.35
Albumin, g/dl 2.40 2.20 2.00 2.30 2.10 1.90 2.30 0.25
Globulin, g/dl 1.80 1.45 1.95 1.40 1.50 1.80 1.85 0.55
  1. Means with different superscripts within the same row differ significantly (P < 0.05).
  2. Cost of GNC = ₦85.00, CRM = ₦25.00.
  3. Cost/kg egg weight = feed cost Xfeed conversion ratio.