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

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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.

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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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Onder Ustundag, A., Ozdogan, M. Effects of bacteriocin and organic acid on growth performance, small intestine histomorphology, and microbiology in Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica). Trop Anim Health Prod 51, 2187–2192 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11250-019-01931-0

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Keywords

  • Quail
  • Bacteriocin
  • Organic acid
  • Growth performance
  • Intestinal parameters