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Table 3 Effects of different dietary supplements on the production performance of laying hens

From: Fermented Astragalus in diet improved laying performance, egg quality, antioxidant and immunological status and intestinal microbiota in laying hens

Parameters Control Astragalus L. plantarum Fermented Astragalus P-value SEM
1–14 days
 Laying rate, % 87.50 ± 3.45 89.17 ± 2.08 87.50 ± 2.70 90.60 ± 3.80 0.349 1.376
 FCR 2.02 ± 0.08 1.94 ± 0.05 2.02 ± 0.10 1.95 ± 0.08 0.224 0.037
15–28 days
 Laying rate, % 88.96 ± 3.76a 92.21 ± 2.75ab 91.95 ± 3.83ab 96.10 ± 1.03b 0.017 1.368
 FCR 1.81 ± 0.08b 1.75 ± 0.06ab 1.77 ± 0.11ab 1.69 ± 0.05a 0.172 0.035
  1. Different lowercase letters in the same row indicate significant difference (P < 0.05), and the same letters or no letters indicate no significant difference (P > 0.05) (same as below)
  2. FCR feed conversion ratio