Effect of dietary protein programs on pullet development and egg production performance of local hens

A. S. Hussein

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    The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of dietary protein levels on pullet development and egg production performance of local hens. One hundred sixty local chicken pullets were used in this study. During the rearing period, the pullets were divided randomly at a density of 16 chicks per cage in rearing pens. During week 1, all birds were fed a starter diet containing 19% crude protein (CP). The experimental treatments consisted of two protein sequence regimens. The semi-constant protein sequence consisted of feeding the birds a 16% protein diet during weeks 2 to 14, and a 13% protein diet during weeks 15-20. The second regimen was a decreasing protein sequence (conventional method) consisting of feeding 19, 16, and 13% crude protein diets during weeks 2 through 6, 7 through 14, and 15 through 20, respectively. During the laying period, weeks 21 through 40, half of the groups in each of the protein sequence treatments were fed 19% CP and the other half 17.5% CP diets. Body weight and feed intake of the local pullets were similar in both protein sequence treatments at weeks six, fourteen, and twenty during the rearing period. During the laying period, egg production of hens fed the decreasing protein sequence during the rearing period was numerically higher than the semiconstant protein sequence at weeks 21 through 40, but not significantly different. Body weight and feed intake were not significantly affected by the dietary protein sequence. In addition, egg weight during weeks 21-24 and 29-40 was not affected by rearing diets, but hens fed the decreasing protein sequence diet had significantly (P<. 05) higher egg weight than the other rearing protein diet during weeks 25-28. The main effect of the dietary protein level in the layer diet on egg weight was significantly higher in hens fed the higher protein layer diet (19% CP) than the lower protein layer diet during weeks 21-24 and 33-40 of the laying period. The data showed that raising layer dietary levels to 19% during the laying period also increased average egg size.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)34-44
    Number of pages11
    JournalEmirates Journal of Food and Agriculture
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


    • Egg production
    • Protein sequence
    • Pullet
    • Rearing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Food Science
    • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • Agronomy and Crop Science


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