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Effects of Dietary Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) Extract on Laying Performance and Lipid Oxidation of Chicken Eggs

  • An, Byoung Ki ;
  • Kwon, Hyuk Sin ;
  • Lee, Bo Keun ;
  • Kim, Jae Young ;
  • You, Sun Jong ;
  • Kim, Jin Man ;
  • Kang, Chang Won
  • Received : 2009.10.12
  • Accepted : 2009.12.17
  • Published : 2010.06.01

Abstract

This study was conducted to investigate the effect of dietary domestic Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) extracts (SCE) on laying performance and egg quality in laying hens. There were no significant differences in feed intake, egg production, or relative liver and spleen weights. The egg weights in groups fed diets containing SCE were significantly increased as compared with the control. The number of cecal total microbes in the group fed a diet containing 0.5% SCE was significantly reduced as compared with other groups. The malondialdehyde contents in stored eggs were significantly lowered by feeding SCE. The Haugh unit in the groups fed diets containing SCE tended to be increased after 2 weeks storage, but not significantly. This result indicated that dietary domestic SCE may delay lipid oxidation in eggs when added to laying hen diets.

Keywords

Skullcap Extract;Egg Weight;Malondialdehyde;Haugh Unit;Laying Hens

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Acknowledgement

Supported by : Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries