Document Type : Research Paper
Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Respectively
Professor, Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Respectively
This experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects using of different levels of rosemary hydro-alcoholic extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis L.) on productive performance and egg quality indicators, in laying hens. The levels of rosemary hydro-alcoholic extract in this experiment were 0, 500, 1000 and 1500ppm. This experiment was conducted in a Blok Completely Randomized Design with 160 “hy-line-W36” laying hens in 4 treatments and 4 replicate (with 10 hens in each replicate) from 29 until 38 weeks of age. The results showed that the using of different levels of rosemary hydro-alcoholic extract had significantly effects on some parameters of performance and egg traits in laying hens (p<0.05). Hence, the highest rate of egg production and egg mass (g/b/d) and the lowest feed conversion ratio were belong to birds fed diets containing 1000ppm rosemary hydro-alcoholic extract. Also the albumen quality (HU) of eggs maintained for 21 days at 4 ° C in the resulting eggs from the birds that fed with diets containing rosemary hydro-alcoholic extract was higher than birds fed the control diet. The overall results showed that the additions of rosemary hydro-alcoholic extract in the diet of laying hens lead to improving performance and maintaining egg quality during storage.