The influence of dietary boron supplementation on egg quality and serum calcium, inorganic phosphorus, magnesium levels and alkaline phosphatase activity in laying hens

Eren M. , Uyanık F. , Küçükersan S.

RESEARCH IN VETERINARY SCIENCE, vol.76, no.3, pp.203-210, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 76 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2003.11.004
  • Page Numbers: pp.203-210


This study was performed to investigate the influence of dietary boron (B) supplementation on egg production, interior and exterior egg quality and serum parameters related to egg formation in laying hens. Two hundred and twenty four, 18 week old, Hyline Brown 98 strain hens were assigned to 7 groups with 4 replicates. After 10 days of adaptation the hens were fed for 8 weeks on diets supplemented with 0, 5 10 50, 100, 200 and 400 mg/kg (diet) B (H3BO3). Live weight, feed consumption and egg production were reduced in the 400 mg/kg B supplemented group. Increases were determined in serum Ca, inorganic P and Mg levels and serum ALP activity was not influenced by supplemental B. Boron changed the interior and exterior quality of eggs. In particular, high level of B supplementation reduced live weight.. feed consumption and egg production and changed some blood metabolites. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.