Effect of inclusion levels of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) on productivity and egg quality of Hy-Line Brown® laying hens

F. Castiblanco, P. E. Paz, M. Valdivié, Y. Martínez


The effect of four levels of inclusion of dried distillers grains with solubles on the productive performance and egg quality of Hy-line Brown® laying hens was evaluated. A total of 140 animals were distributed in four treatments, according to a completely randomized design, for 10 weeks. Seven repetitions per treatment and five birds per repetition were established. The treatments consisted of a control diet and the inclusion of 10, 15 and 20 % of dried distillers grains with solubles. The inclusion of 0 and 10 % promoted (P <0.05) laying intensity and mass conversion
with respect to 15 and 20 %. In addition, diets with dried distillers grains with solubles increased (P <0.05) feed intake, nutrients and metabolizable energy, as well as shell thickness and yolk color (P <0.05), without notable changes (P> 0.05) for albumen height, Haugh unit and resistance to shell rupture. It is recommended the inclusion of 10 % of dried distillers grains with solubles in partial substitution of corn and soybean meal in diets intended for Hy-line Brown® laying hens.
Key words: distillery byproducts, laying hens, productive indicator, egg external and internal quality

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