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Influence of ripening and dietary concentration of Morinda citrifolia fruit powder on egg performance and gut health of laying hens

Diarra, Siaka S. and Kakadi, Samson and Tukuafu, Seini and Meki, Alefaio and Williams, Douglas and Kumar, Sheenal and Devi, Ashika (2019) Influence of ripening and dietary concentration of Morinda citrifolia fruit powder on egg performance and gut health of laying hens. Livestock Research for Rural Development, 31 (8). pp. 1-10. ISSN 0121-3784

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Abstract

The effect of stage of ripening and level on the utilisation of Morinda citrifolia fruit powder as a feed supplement by laying hens was investigated. Two levels (2.5 and 5 g/kg diet) each of the green and ripe fruit powder in wheat-soybean based diets were fed to 3 replicates of 10 Shaver Brown hens in a completely randomized design. Inclusion of green Morinda powder at 5 g/kg diet resulted in lower feed intake (FI), hen-day production, egg weight and egg mass. Feed efficiency (egg: feed) was reduced on 5 g compared to 2.5 g green powder/kg diet but did not differ among the other treatments. There were no treatments effects on any of the egg quality parameters observed. Dietary treatments had no effects on Lactobacilli and E. coli counts and the ratio Lactobacilli: E. coli. It is concluded that feeding ripe noni fruit powder up to 5 g/kg diet has no detrimental effect on egg performance and gut microbiota of laying hens but the green powder at this level depresses egg production and feed utilisation. Further research into higher concentrations of the ripe powder is recommended.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Agriculture and Food Technology
Depositing User: Siaka Diarra
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2019 11:28
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2019 11:28
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11722
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