Year 2019, Volume 25 , Issue 2, Pages 181 - 188 2019-06-05

Comparisons of Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Eggs Obtained using Hens Reared in Deep Litter and Free-Range Systems

İsmail Türker [1] , Sezai Alkan [2]

This study was designed to compare the physical and chemical qualities of eggs obtained using hens reared in free-range and deep-litter systems. A total of 300 Lohmann Brown hens (150 for each housing system) were used. In the free-range system, 4 m2 grazing area was allocated for each hen. The hens were taken into layer house at 16 weeks of age. Hen egg production reached up to 50%, produced eggs were randomly sampled once every 4 weeks until 52 weeks of age and physical characteristics of eggs from each housing system were measured. Results revealed that there was no significant difference in egg shell color, egg weight, breaking strength, shell thickness, shape index, specific gravity, yolk color, albumen index, haugh unit, meat and blood spots of eggs from two housing systems. However, there was a significant difference in yolk index. It was determined that housing systems effected the chemical content of the egg and the eggs obtained from free-range system were significantly richer in essential amino acids, vitamin D3 and biotin.

Hens, Free range system, Deep-litter systems, Egg quality
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Primary Language en
Subjects Science
Journal Section Makaleler

Author: İsmail Türker (Primary Author)
Country: Turkey

Author: Sezai Alkan


Application Date : January 13, 2018
Acceptance Date : April 16, 2018
Publication Date : June 5, 2019

EndNote %0 Journal of Agricultural Sciences Comparisons of Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Eggs Obtained using Hens Reared in Deep Litter and Free-Range Systems %A İsmail Türker , Sezai Alkan %T Comparisons of Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Eggs Obtained using Hens Reared in Deep Litter and Free-Range Systems %D 2019 %J Journal of Agricultural Sciences %P -2148-9297 %V 25 %N 2 %R doi: 10.15832/ankutbd.378578 %U 10.15832/ankutbd.378578