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Effect of Earthworm (Eisenia fetida) Supplementation on Production Performance of Layer Chickens

The present study aimed to investigate the effect of earthworm supplementation on growth and egg production performance of layer chickens. A total of 96 layers were distributed randomly into four treatment groups with three replications using a completely randomized design. Feeding trial was started when layer were reach at 24 weeks ages. The experimental diets that containing 0 (Control), 0.66, 1.32 and 1.98 % of earthworm (EW) were fed to birds for the duration of twelve weeks. Eggs were collected daily and weighed in every week and then the egg production was calculated as %. Though, body weight measurement was taken at the commencement and at the end of the experimental period; whereas egg quality was evaluated at the middle and then in the last week of experimental period. Feed intake had not statistical difference among treatment groups. Chickens fed with both diets containing 1.32 and 1.98% of EW showed an increment in bodyweight change and egg production. The hen day egg production (HDEP) and hen housed egg production (HHEP) were significantly (P<0.05) higher for hens in T4 than others, but there was no significant (P>0.05) difference between T2 and T3. There was no measurable effect on egg quality due to feeding diets, containing earthworm. Supplementation of 1.98% earthworm in layer diets trigger egg production performances without affecting the quality eggs that starting from 24 week. It is concluded that earthworm supplementation has the potential to improve the egg production performance of laying hens.

Earthworm, Egg Production, Layer Chicken, Supplementation

APA Style

Taye, S., Tesfaye, E., Edea, C., Alewi, M. (2024). Effect of Earthworm (Eisenia fetida) Supplementation on Production Performance of Layer Chickens. International Journal of Animal Science and Technology, 8(1), 8-13.

ACS Style

Taye, S.; Tesfaye, E.; Edea, C.; Alewi, M. Effect of Earthworm (Eisenia fetida) Supplementation on Production Performance of Layer Chickens. Int. J. Anim. Sci. Technol. 2024, 8(1), 8-13. doi: 10.11648/ijast.20240801.12

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Taye S, Tesfaye E, Edea C, Alewi M. Effect of Earthworm (Eisenia fetida) Supplementation on Production Performance of Layer Chickens. Int J Anim Sci Technol. 2024;8(1):8-13. doi: 10.11648/ijast.20240801.12

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