Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 8, Issue 2,2010
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Effect of dietary supplementation of mannan oligosaccharides and acidifier calcium formate on the performance and carcass quality of Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)


Eleftherios M. Bonos, Efterpi V. Christaki, Panagiota C. Florou-Paneri *

Recieved Date: 2010-01-20, Accepted Date: 2010-04-17


Experimentation was performed to determine the effect of the dietary supplementation of mannan oligosaccharides (MOS) and the acidifier calcium formate (CF) on the performance and carcass quality of the Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Three hundred 1-day old Japanese quail divided into four groups with three subgroups each were fed a basal diet that served as control, or a basal diet containing 6 g kg-1 CF or 1 g kg-1 MOS or 1 g kg-1 MOS plus 6 g kg-1 CF. The body weight, feed consumption, feed conversion ratio and mortality were examined at weekly intervals. On day 42 of age the birds were slaughtered, the carcasses were processed and the carcass weight, carcass dressing percentage and carcass parts percentage were calculated. Moreover, the breast meat composition and its fatty acid profile were analyzed. The results of the experimentation showed that the addition of MOS in the feed resulted in lower (P≤0.050) feed consumption during the fourth week but higher (P≤0.050) during the fifth week, as well as lower (P≤0.050) liver percentage. Moreover, the addition of CF in the feed resulted in lower (P≤0.050) body weight during the forth and fifth weeks but not at slaughter, and higher (P≤0.050) breast percentage. Significant (P≤0.050) interaction between the addition of MOS and CF was observed on feed consumption, carcass dressing percentage and moisture content of the breast meat. No significant (P>0.050) differences were noticed for the other examined parameters. The combined use of MOS and CF did not adversely affect the performance of the growing quail or their carcass quality.


Quail, mannan oligosaccharides, acidifiers, calcium formate, performance, meat quality, carcass composition, fatty acids

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2010
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 611-617

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