Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 103, Issue 2, pp 187–197 | Cite as

Effects of dietary chromium supplementation on performance, carcass traits, serum metabolites, and tissue chromium levels of Japanese quails

  • F. Uyanik
  • M. Eren
  • B. Kocaoğlu Güçlü
  • N. Şahin
Original Articles


This study was conducted to investigate the effects of various levels of dietary chromium supplementation on performance, carcass traits, blood chemistry, and tissue distribution of chromium (Cr3+) in quails. Two hundred forty 1-d-old Japanese quails were divided into five groups with four replicates and were fed a basal diet or the basal diet supplemented with 20, 40, 80, or 100 mg/kg Cr (CrCl3·6H2O) until 38 d of age. Chromium supplementation decreased carcass fat percentage, serum low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and glucose and increased serum magnesium (Mg) and Cr content of kidney, liver, and muscle. In conclusion, 20, 40, 80, or 100 mg/kg Cr supplementation to quail diet had no effect on performance, chemical composition of carcass except fat percentage, serum protein, calcium (Ca), and inorganic phosphorus (Pi) levels, but reduced serum glucose, LDL and fat percentage of carcass. Chromium is accumulated mainly in the kidneys and liver.

Index Entries

Blood chemistry carcass chromium performance quails 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Uyanik
    • 1
  • M. Eren
    • 1
  • B. Kocaoğlu Güçlü
    • 2
  • N. Şahin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of Erciyes, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineKayseriTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Animal Nutrition and Nutritional DiseasesUniversity of Erciyes Faculty of Veterinary MedicineKayseriTurkey
  3. 3.Physiology DepartmentVeterinary Control and Research InstituteElaziğTurkey

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