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Pereira A.L.,Federal University of Parana | Coelho A.A.D.,Setor de Melhoramento de Aves | Savino V.J.M.,Setor de Melhoramento de Aves | Menten J.F.M.,Setor de Melhoramento de Aves | And 2 more authors.
Food Chemistry | Year: 2012

We compared δ 13C and δ 15N ratios of barn-raised and free-range chickens to determine if differences in their diets were reflected in the stable isotope composition of their tissues. We conducted a 120-day feeding trial with Caipirinha birds fed a corn-soybean based diet, milled-corn diet and free-range diet. Additionally, we analysed the stable isotope composition of barn-raised chickens bought in grocery stores and free-range homegrown chickens. In the feeding trials, the δ 13C and δ 15N values of the barn-raised corn-soybean-fed Caipirinha chickens did not change with age, and their stable isotope composition reflected the composition of their diet. The δ 13C and δ 15N values of barn-raised corn-fed and free-range Caipirinha chickens changed with age toward a diet reflecting a predominance of C 4 carbon. The main difference between the free-range and the barn-raised chickens was the significantly higher δ 15N of the former in relation to the latter, probably due to ingestion of animal protein. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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