Shoneez – A performance promoter for improving the utilization of high fiber diets in layer chicks
D. RAVIKIRAN AND Y.R.K. MURTHY
Department of Poultry Science
University of Agricultural Sciences,
Hebbal, Bangalore - 560 024
Shoneez, a proprietary preparation of Sanjeevini Enterprises has been claimed to improve the digestibility of fibrous feed ingredients. A field trial was taken up to assess the possibility of including sunflower extractions (SFE) in high proportions in layer chick diets with Shoneez Supplementation. A batch of 10000 day-old BV300 chicks was fed a diet containing 500 Kg maize, 380Kg SFE, 100Kg dry fish, 10Kg calcite and 10Kg DCP with regular vitamin, mineral and other supplements and 5Kg of Shoneez per ton of feed. The crude fiber content of the diet was 12.14% as against the recommended upper limit of 9% or the generally followed norms of 7%. As on 16 th day age, the chicks were healthy, active and were corresponding to the standard weights as recommended by the hatchery. The feed intake was normal and did not increase or decrease as compared to the other diets. The droppings were quite dry and no wet droppings or fly problems have been observed. Diet reformulation with Shoneez has helped to save 2000 – 2500 Indian rupees per ton of layer chick feed, as per the rates prevailing in November 2004, which are relatively low. Considering the facts that at the initial stages of their life, the digestive ability of chicks is relatively low, and that SFE is not a common feature of layer chick diets, it appears that Shoneez, by some mechanism is improving the digestibility of and nutrient utilization from highly fibrous ingredients even at higher inclusion levels.