Complete replacement of soybean meal with defatted black soldier fly larvae meal in Shaver White hens feeding program (28–43 wks of age): impact on egg production, egg quality, organ weight, and apparent retention of components

Effects of total replacement of soybean meal with defatted black soldier fly larvae meal on egg production and quality, organ weight, and apparent retention of components were investigated in Shaver White hens from 28 to 43 wk of age

Zipporah Mwaniki; Anna K. Shoveller; Lee-Anne Huber; Elijah G. Kiarie

2019

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  • Effects of total replacement of soybean meal with defatted black soldier fly larvae meal on egg production and quality, organ weight, and apparent retention of components were investigated in Shaver White hens from 28 to 43 wk of age
  • Diets were control corn–SBM diet and two additional diets made with the addition of either 10 or 15% BSFLM
  • All eggs laid on the sixth day of wks 31, 35, 39, and 43 were used for egg weight, Haugh units, yolk color, shell breaking strength, and shell thickness
  • Excreta samples were collected for 3 consecutive days on wk 33 for AR and two birds/cage were necropsied at the end
  • Data showed that defatted BSFLM resulted in deeper orange yolks and improved eggshell quality; unfavorable feed conversion ratio linked to lighter eggs as well as heavier birds and liver warrants further investigations
  • Presented in part at the 2018 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX, USA, July 23 to 26

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