Different levels of molasses in practical diets for layers were compared in three studies with Leghorn hens, where laying intensity and feed conversion were used as criteria for comparison. In all three studies, levels as high as 20% were as good or better than the zero molasses control. Practical managerial considerations are discussed in regard to limiting the level of molasses to 15% to avoid "caking" (wet-compact litter). Up to the 15% level, the factor that may limit its use is its cost when compared to corn or any other suitable substitute.
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