Sodium and potassium at different levels of crude protein for laying quails

Bruno Andreatta Scottá, Talita Pinheiro Bonaparte, José Geraldo de Vargas Junior, Felipe Barreto Petrucci, Danilo Vargas Gonçalves Vieira, Julio Francisco Valiati Marin, Silvana Marques Pastore, Rita da Trindade Ribeiro Nobre Soares


Abstract. The objective of this experiment was to evaluate the performance of laying quails fed diets containing 21 and 24% crude protein, three electrolytic balances (200, 275 and 350 mEq/kg diet) and two forms of electrolytic balance increase (potassium and sodium + potassium). A total of 720 animals were distributed in two tests on random blocks design in 3 × 2 factorial arrangement, with six replicates and ten birds/experimental unit. Birds started the experiment at 120 days of age and were kept in the treatment for a period of 84 days, subdivided into four 21-day periods. For the level of 21% crude protein, the addition of potassium carbonate (K2CO3) promoted increase in egg mass. For the level of 24%, the results showed that the combined addition of potassium carbonate and sodium carbonate (K2CO3 + Na2CO3) presented better laying rate, egg mass, feed intake and feed conversion. Regardless of the protein level utilized, the best results were achieved with 200 mEq/kg diet.


electrolytic balance, potassium carbonate, sodium carbonate

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Revista Agrarian
ISSN da versão impressa: ISSN 1984-252X (Cancelada)
ISSN da versão online: ISSN 1984-2538



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