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Table 3 Effect of dietary inclusion of camelina and flax seeds on production performance of brown laying hens during 16 wk of feeding period

From: Egg quality, fatty acid composition and immunoglobulin Y content in eggs from laying hens fed full fat camelina or flax seed

Egg parameters Dietary treatments1 Pooled SEM P value
  Control Camelina Flax Diet Week Diet x Week
Egg production, % 87.67b 92.81a 92.65a 0.03 0.012 0.408 0.307
Feed consumption, g/d 118.60b 128.04a 130.64a 2.60 0.001 0.260 0.937
Egg weight, g 63.43a 60.43b 63.65a 0.87 0.017 0.006 0.890
Yolk weight, g 15.99 15.32 15.62 0.59 0.22 0.356 0.664
Shell weight, g 6.95 6.76 6.64 0.11 0.148 0.993 0.481
Albumen weight, g 40.49a 38.35b 41.40a 0.67 0.006 0.002 0.942
Shell thickness, mm 44.08a 42.73ab 41.00b 0.64 0.005 0.004 0.035
Yolk weight, % 25.22 25.36 24.55 0.33 0.182 0.243 0.665
Yolk color 5.67a 5.40ab 5.17b 0.11 0.009 0.001 0.001
Shell weight, % 10.96a 11.21a 10.49b 0.15 0.005 0.006 0.634
Albumen weight, % 63.81b 63.42b 64.96a 0.37 0.012 0.021 0.821
Haugh unit 63.11 68.68 66.12 2.20 0.208 0.122 0.545
Yolk:albumen 0.40 0.40 0.38 0.01 0.106 0.165 0.704
  1. a,bMeans within a row with no common superscript differ significantly (P < 0.05). Pooled SEM = standard error of mean
  2. 1Control, Camelina and Flax represent corn-soybean meal basal diet (Control); or basal diets containing camelina (Camelina) or flax seeds (Flax) at 10 %