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Effect of dietary copper sulphate on the performance of growing Japanese quail

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 March 2009

A. L. Yannakopoulos
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary School, The University, Thessaloniki, Greece
A. S. Tserveni-Gousi
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary School, The University, Thessaloniki, Greece
G. Zervas
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Nutrition, Faculty of Animal Production, Agricultural College of Athens, Greece

Summary

The effect of 200, 400 and 600 mg dietary copper sulphate/kg was studied in 64 Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) in 1987. The results indicated that addition of 200 or 400 mg/kg to conventional diets of quail 7–42 days old significantly increased (P < 0·05) body weight gain and significantly decreased (P < 0·05) feed intake. There were significant (P < 0·05) increases in carcass, breast and leg weights in some cases; the first two characters had the highest values in the quail fed the diet containing 200 mg Cu/kg. The addition of 600 mg Cu/kg to the diet had an adverse effect on liver weight compared with the addition of 200 and 400 mg/kg. Copper concentration in the liver was not influenced by any rate of copper supplementation.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1990

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