Dietary Supplementation Effects of Noni (Morinda Citrifolia L.) Fruit Flour on Uric Acid and Blood Glucose of Quails (Coturnix Coturnix Japonica) Layer Phase
This study was aimed to determine the effect of noni fruit flour in ration on uric acid and blood glucose of quails layer phase. The research was conducted from March to May 2015 at Faculty of Animal Husbandry Universitas Padjadjaran. One hundred commercialquails aged 4 weeks were randomly allocated to four treatment groups as T1, T2, T3 and T4. The quails in the control group (T1) were given normal basal diet without the addition of noni fruit flour, while as other groups (T2, T3, T4) were supplemented with0.25, 0.50, and 0.75% noni fruit flour respectively with 25 quails per treatment group replicated five times with five quails per replicate in a Complete Randomized Design (CRD). The blood samples were randomly collected, five birds per replicate at the end experimental period (7th week) and analyzed for the estimation of uric acid and blood glucose. The results revealed that blood glucose was significantly (p>0.05) increased in the groups fed noni at various levels when compared to the control. Further, a significantly (p<0.05) proportional decreasing in blood uric acid levels was found with increase in the level of dietary noni fruit flour, with highest reduction in the group supplemented with 0.5% noni fruit flour (T3) compared to the control group and in the group suplemented with 0.25% (T2) for blood glucose. In conclusion, dietary inclusion of noni fruit flours had beneficial effect with regard to its ability in reducing the blood uric acid levels and increasing blood glucose of quails.
Keywords: Quail, uric acid, blood glucose, Noni
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