The Effect of Boric Acid Supplementation at Different Dose into Quail Diets on the Serum Albumin Levels
Yasin Baykalir, Sultan Aslan, Ulku Gulcihan Simsek

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of boric acid supplementation to feed and drinking water at different doses on serum albumin levels in Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica). For this purpose, a total of 35 days-old, 360 laying quails were reared during 15 weeks in this study. The five experimental groups consisted of: Control (fed with basal diet), 100 and 300 mg/kg boric acid (basal diet supplemented with boric acid), 100 and 300 mg/L boric acid (drinking water supplemented with boric acid). Serum albumin levels of the groups were determined by Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis. The highest albumin level found to be in the F300 group (24.94%) and the F100 group (22.46%), respectively. The relative densitometric value of the W100 group was 18.63%, and the W300 was 17.20%. The Control group resulted in the lowest relative densitometric value (16.77%). The statistically significant difference was observed between Control, W100, and W300 with F300 (P<0.05). However, the F100 and the F300 groups were similar (P>0.05). According to the results of the current study, supplementation of boric acid into quail feed was more effective than adding it to drinking water. The supplementation of 300 mg/kg dose of boric acid into the quail feed has offered the highest level of serum albumin.

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