Effect of Organic Acids Supplementation on Some Productive Performances of Growing Japanese Quails
SA Abd EL-Latif*, Attiat H El-Bogdady, Enas MA Toson and Amira AF Ismeal
Department of Animal and Poultry Production, Minia University, Egypt
*Corresponding Author: SA Abd EL-Latif, Department of Animal and Poultry Production, Minia University, Egypt.
May 02, 2022; Published: June 27, 2022
This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of using different sources of organic acids such as citric, malic, fumaric and their mixture at the level (0.6%) of each (as feed supplementation) in Japanese quail diets on some productive performance and carcass characteristics. Three hundred seventy five, one day old, unsexed Japanese quail chicks were divided into 5 groups (25 birds each) according to the source of organic acids supplemented. Live body weight was recorded each week through the experimental period from one day to 6 weeks of age. Body weight gain, feed intake and feed conversation were calculated. At the end of the experiment (6 weeks of age) 15 birds from all treatment groups were slaughtered for some carcass characteristics determination. The data revealed that, birds fed dietary 0.6% malic acids supplementation recorded a slight numerically improved (P ≥ 0.05) in body weight at 4th and 6th weeks of ages followed by birds fed dietary 0.6% fumaric acids in compered with other treatments. Hence, the greatest numerically body gain and feed intake were recorded for birds fed dietary 0.6% malic followed by birds fed dietary 0.6% fumaric for body gain or birds fed 0.6% mixture of organic acids for feed intake. The greatest values (P ≤ 0.05) carcass and carcass and edible weights were recorded for birds fed dietary fumaric acids supplementation followed by the control diet compared with other treatments of organic acids supplementation. The highest (P ≤ 0.05) edible proportions was calculated for birds fed diet contain mixture of organic acids. Moreover a numerically improvement in dressing percentage (carcass% or carcass% and edible%) for birds fed diets contain citric, malic or fumaric acid supplementation compared with mixture or control diets.
Keywords: Organic Acids; Productive; Performances; Japanese Quails; Carcass Characteristics
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