Effect of pectin extracted from citrus pulp on digesta characteristics and nutrient digestibility in broilers chickens

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2013-08-01

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The experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of continuous ingestion of pectin on intestinal viscosity, intestinal transit time, excreta moisture content, nutrient digestibility and energy metabolism of broilers at starter and growth phases. We used 240 one-day-old Cobb male broiler chicks, distributed in a completely randomized experimental design. Treatments consisted of four concentrations of pectin (0, 10, 30 and 50 g kg-1) with six replicates of 10 birds each. The ingestion of pectin supplied in the feed by broilers at the starter phase increased intestinal viscosity and intestinal transit time, reduced excreta moisture, improved the use of apparent metabolizable energy, nitrogen-corrected apparent metabolizable energy, coefficient of apparent metabolizability, coefficient of nitrogen-correct edapparent metabolizability, apparent digestibility coefficient of crude protein and organic matter; worsened calcium utilization and coefficients of apparent digestibility of dry matter; and did not influence the coefficients of apparent digestibility of crude fat,as hand phosphorus. Pectiningestion during the growth phase increased intestinal viscosity and apparent digestibility coefficients of as hand organic matter,but decreased the dry matter, crude fat, crude protein and calcium. Intestinal transit time, energy metabolism and apparent digestibility coefficient of crude proteins how edquadratic behavior according to pectin levels in the feed. Therefore, pectiningestion by broilers at the starter phase increases intestinal viscosity and intestinal transit time, reduces excreta moisture and improves energy utilization, whereas at the growth phase nutrient digestibility is decreased. © 2013 Sociedade Brasileira de Zootecnia.

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Development, Feed additive, Metabolism, Soluble fiber, Viscosity

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Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia, v. 42, n. 8, p. 575-583, 2013.