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Poult Sci. 2006 Feb;85(2):364-8.

Effects of a dried Bacillus subtilis culture on egg quality.

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College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, PR China 214036 [corrected]

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  • Poult Sci. 2006 Apr;85(4):816. Li, L [added].


The effects of a dried Bacillus subtilis culture on the egg qualities of layers were studied. Nine hundred and sixty 25-wk-old Lohmann Brown layers were randomly divided into 5 groups with 192 layers in each group. Layers in group 1 were fed a control diet. The remaining groups received the control diet that contained either 20 mg of zinc bacitracin/kg and 4 mg of colistin sulfate/kg or 500, 1,000, or 1,500 mg of B. subtilis culture/ kg, respectively. The results showed improvements in egg production, feed consumption, and feed conversion (P < 0.05) of layers when 500 mg of B. subtilis culture/kg was added to the diets. The results also showed some special improvements in this group, including increases in eggshell thickness, yolk color, and Haugh unit, and decreases in yolk cholesterol concentration (P < 0.05). However, excessive doses of B. subtilis culture did not improve the performance of layers.

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