Second-limiting amino acid in corn-soybean meal based diets for Japanese quail




Coturnix coturnix japonica; Growth performance; Egg production; Amino acid nutrition; Lysine; Egg quality.


The objective was to determine the second-limiting amino acid in diets based on corn-soybean meal for Japanese quails in the growth and laying stages. A total of 1,440 Japanese quails were used in three experiments in phases 1 to 21; 22 to 42 and 85 to 210 days of age, respectively. Each experiment contained eight treatments with six replications of ten birds. The experimental diets were based on corn-soybean meal. The levels of methionine + cysteine ​​were adequate in all experimental diets, but there was variation in the attendance of another second essential amino acid. In experiments 1 and 2, quails that were fed diets with adequate levels of methionine + cysteine ​​and lysine showed higher weight gain (g/bird) and better feed conversion (g/g). Feed intake (g/bird) was not influenced. In experiment 3, adequate levels of all amino acids promoted a lower feed intake (g/bird) and better feed conversion per egg mass (g/g) and per dozen eggs (g/dozen). Egg weight (g), weight (g) and shell thickness (mm) and specific gravity (g/cm3) were not affected. The diets that met the requirements of all amino acids promoted the laying of eggs with a greater weight of albumen (g) and lower weights of egg yolk (g). In conclusion, the second-limiting amino acid in plant diets for Japanese quails is lysine.


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How to Cite

Cavalcante, D. T. ., Costa, F. G. P. ., Saraiva, E. P. ., Givisiez, P. E. N. ., Vieira, D. V. G. . ., Lima, M. R. de ., Lima, G. S. ., Pinheiro, S. G. ., Moreira, T. R. de S. ., Cordeiro, J. W. de B. ., & Cavalcante, L. E. . (2020). Second-limiting amino acid in corn-soybean meal based diets for Japanese quail . Research, Society and Development, 9(9), e571997548.



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