The effect of bone choice on quantification of mineralization in broiler chickens up to 6 weeks of age

Scholey, D.V. ORCID: 0000-0003-2450-5989 and Burton, E.J. ORCID: 0000-0003-2784-6922, 2017. The effect of bone choice on quantification of mineralization in broiler chickens up to 6 weeks of age. The Journal of Applied Poultry Research. ISSN 1056-6171

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Abstract

An experiment was conducted to assess the most appropriate bone type for measuring bone mineralization in male broiler chicks up to 42 d. A total of 72 male broilers were raised in 0.64 m2 pens on a litter floor. The study design included 2 dietary treatments (Control and Low) containing differing levels of total phosphorus (7.8 and 4.4 g/kg for Control and Low diets respectively) and calcium (22.7 and 13.1 g/kg for Control and Low diets respectively) with each fed to 6 replicate pens of 6 birds. Each wk, 6 birds per diet were euthanized and leg bones removed to measure ash percentage. Foot, toe, tibia, and femur ash were compared using the mean of both legs from each bird, via t-tests to separate Control and Low diets. At the end of wk 1, diets could not be separated using any of the bone ash measures. From wk 2 to wk 5, both tibia and foot ash differentiated between the Control and Low diets, and tibia continued to show significant differences between the diets into wk 6. Femur ash did not show any dietary differences until wk 3, but then showed significant differences between the diets until wk 6. Toe ash only differentiated between diets at wk 2, and variation both within and between birds was high, particularly with younger birds. These results suggest that bird age has implications when choosing a bone for assessing possible differences in dietary phosphorus and calcium uptake. Femur ash may be more appropriate for showing differences in broilers aged 6 wk and older. Foot ash provides a comparable alternative to tibia ash in birds aged 2 to 5 wk of age, providing a labor- and time-saving alternative.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The Journal of Applied Poultry Research
Creators: Scholey, D.V. and Burton, E.J.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: 29 July 2017
ISSN: 1056-6171
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3382/japr/pfx020DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 31 Jul 2017 11:02
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 11:02
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31331

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