Dietary supplementation with sodium bicarbonate improves calcium absorption and eggshell quality of laying hens during peak production

@article{Jiang2015DietarySW,
  title={Dietary supplementation with sodium bicarbonate improves calcium absorption and eggshell quality of laying hens during peak production},
  author={Mingdi Jiang and J. P. Zhao and Hongchao Jiao and Xiaojuan Wang and Q H Zhang and H. Lin},
  journal={British Poultry Science},
  year={2015},
  volume={56},
  pages={740 - 747}
}
Abstract The advantage of supplemental sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) on eggshell quality in laying hens changes with age. Besides increasing calcium (Ca) secretion in the eggshell gland, it may improve Ca absorption in the intestine or kidney. Hy-Line Brown layers (n = 384), 25 weeks of age, were allocated to two treatment groups in two experiments, each of which included 4 replicates of 24 hens. Hens were fed a basal diet (control) or the basal diet containing 3 g NaHCO3 g/kg for 50 or 20 weeks… Expand
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