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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

Volume 22 (1):51-56, 2018.

Effects of probiotic protexin and antibiotic virginiamycin on performance, blood lipids and proteins in Japanese quails (Coturnix japonica)


Yaser Rahimian1, Saeed Moradi 2 Yasamin Miri 3, Sayed Masood Davoodi 4 and Sayed Mostafa Akbari 5



1-Department(s)f Animal Sciences, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, 2- Varamin Branch, Islamic Azad University 4Shahinshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, 5 Yasooj Branch, Islamic Azad University,3-Agriculture, Tabriz University, Tabriz Shahinshahr, Iran.




Rahimian Y, Moradi S, Miri Y, Davoodi SM, Akbari SM., Effects of probiotic protexin and antibiotic virginiamycin on performance and blood lipids and protein in Japanese quails (Coturnix japonica), 22 (1):51-56, 2018. Groups of 1d old quails each were supplemented protexin 0.04, 0.06 and 0.08% with or without 0.02% virginiamycin. Controls were fed basal diet only. Live body weight gain, feed consumption and conversion ratio were determined. Blood was taken for hematology. Compared with controls, protexin with or without virginiamycin increased feed intake and body weight but did not affect feed conversation ratio. Results showed increases in triglyceride, cholesterol and LDL but lower HDL, albumin and globulin in blood of birds fed protexin with or without virginiamycin. We found no difference between virginiamycine and protexin treatments. The findings suggested that protexin could be used as supplement without inducing toxicity in male Japanese quails.

Key words: Protexin, Performance, Blood parameters, Japanese quail, Virginiamycin.