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Effects of Different Levels of L-carnitine Supplementation on Egg Quality and Blood Parameters of Laying Japanese Quail

B. Parizadian, Y.J. Ahangari, M. Shams Shargh and A. Sardarzadeh
Faculty of Animal Science, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Iran
Abstract :

The objective of present study was to investigate the effects of various levels of L-carnitine on performance, egg quality and blood parameters of laying Japanese quail. This experiment was carried out using 128 quail in a completely randomized design with four levels of L-carnitine (0, 125, 250 and 500 mg/kg). Four replicates with 8 quails were allocated to each experimental treatment and birds were reared from 35-70 days. The results showed that there were no significant differences in feed intake and egg production among experimental treatments (p>0.05). The effect of L-carnitine on feed conversion ratio was significant (p<0.05). The quails were fed with rations containing L-carnitine had lower feed conversion ratio (p<0.05). Adding of L-carnitine supplementation (125 and 250 mg/kg) significantly reduced egg yolk cholesterol and triglyceride (p<0.05). Dietary L-carnitine supplementation had no significant effect on other egg quality parameters (p>0.05). The quails were fed with ration containing L-carnitine supplementation (125 mg/kg) had lower blood triglyceride (p<0.05). Furthermore, L-carnitine at levels of 125 and 500 mg/kg significantly reduced blood cholesterol in comparison with control group (p<0.05). Based on current results, it can be concluded that supplementing diet with L-carnitine will reduce blood triglyceride, cholesterol and improve egg quality in laying Japanese quail.

Keywords :
Japanese quail, L-carnitine, egg quality, cholesterol

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Volume 10, Number 8, - 2011 , ISSN 1682-8356

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