Table 1.

Effect of 9-day feed withdrawal (induced molt) on number of lactobacilli and lactic acid concentration in leghorn hen crops

Sampling timeaConcn in groupb
Lactobacilli (log10 CFU/ml)Lactic acid (μmol/ml)
ControlMoltedControlMolted
Trial 1
 Day 48.73 ± 0.45 A6.82 ± 0.47 B51.4 ± 46.4 A14.6 ± 4.8 B
 Day 98.91 ± 0.68 A6.53 ± 1.23 B33.5 ± 27.9 A10.4 ± 2.9 B
Trial 2
 Day 48.33 ± 0.89 A6.28 ± 0.67 B24.4 ± 16.8 A9.1 ± 2.6 B
 Day 99.01 ± 0.49 A6.42 ± 0.72 B35.4 ± 26.114.4 ± 2.9
  • a Times are days of feed withdrawal.

  • b Data are presented as means ± standard deviations, n = 16. Values in a row followed by different capital letters differ significantly (P < 0.05).