Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 51, Issue 8, pp 2187–2192 | Cite as

Effects of bacteriocin and organic acid on growth performance, small intestine histomorphology, and microbiology in Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica)

  • Ahmet Onder UstundagEmail author
  • Mursel Ozdogan
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In this study, 600 1-day-old Japanese quail chicks (Coturnix coturnix japonica) were used to investigate the effects of bacteriocin and organic acids on performance and intestinal histomorphology and microbiology. Chicks were allocated to 6 groups, i.e., control, Bac150 (150 mg/kg bacteriocin), Bac300 (300 mg/kg bacteriocin), OA (3 g/kg organic acid blend), Bac150+OA (150 mg/kg bacteriocin + 3 g/kg organic acid blend), and Bac300+OA (300 mg/kg bacteriocin + 3 g/kg organic acid blend) group. The trial lasted 35 days. At the end of the trial, a statistical increase was not observed in the performance parameters of chicks with feed additives. However, 300 mg/kg bacteriocin + 3 g/kg organic acid supplementation given together has been found to have more positive effects on intestinal microbiology and histomorphology (P < 0.05). Consequently, it is understood that the use of these feed additives together will achieve better results.


Quail Bacteriocin Organic acid Growth performance Intestinal parameters 


Funding information

This study was financed under a project supported by the Scientific Research Projects Fund of Adnan Menderes University (project no: ZRF-12016).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture, Animal Science DepartmentAdnan Menderes UniversityCakmarTurkey

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