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Effects of Yeast Addition to the Diet of Japanese Quails on Growth Performance, Selected Serum Parameters and Intestinal Morphology as well as Pathogens Reduction

Amr Abd El-Wahab1,*, Rania Mahmoud1, Basma Marghani2 and Hossam Gadallah3

1Department of Nutrition and Nutritional Deficiency Diseases; 2Department of Physiology; 3Department of Clinical Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura 35516, Egypt
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The objectives of the current study were to investigate the impact of dietary yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) supplementation on growth performance, some serum parameters, intestinal morphology and pathogens reduction in Japanese quails. In total, 300 d-old Japanese quails were randomly allocated to 5 dietary groups (6 replicates of 10 Japanese quails per pen). At beginning of the experiment (d 14), Japanese quails fed a basal diet without contain any yeast while, the other treatments provided basal diet plus 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 and 3.5% yeast on feed basis. The results showed that dietary supplementation of yeast, particularly at a level of inclusion of 3.5% on feed basis, resulted in highest BW for Japanese quails (P<0.05). Japanese quails fed diets supplemented with yeast reduced (P<0.05) cholesterol and triglycerides concentrations in serum compared to control. Dietary yeast supplementation at 3.5% reduced (P<0.05) interleukin 1 β (IL-1 β), IL-6 and TNF-α levels in serum compared to those fed dietary yeast at level of 0.5% or fed non supplemented diets. Feeding yeast at level of 3.5% led to increase in duodenal villus height significantly compared to other treatments. Japanese quails fed yeast supplemented diets at 2.5 or 3.5% reduced E. coli (P<0.05) and C. perfringens CFU counts in excreta than those fed non supplemented diet. It is concluded that dietary yeast supplementation of Japanese quails improved growth rate as a result of an increase in villus height and a reduce in the counts of E. coli and C. perfringens.

To Cite This Article: Abd El-Wahab A, Mahmoud R, Marghani B and Gadallah H, 2020. Effects of yeast addition to the diet of Japanese quails on growth performance, selected serum parameters and intestinal morphology as well as pathogens reduction. Pak Vet J, 40(2): 219-223.


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