Growth Response and Carcass Quality of Quails under Different Feeding Regime


Authors : POPOOLA, Y. A

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 5 - May

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Quail is rich in protein, calcium and can be reared with little capital but there is paucity of information on the feeding regime hence this study was designed to determine the effect of different feeding regimes on growth and carcass quality etc. One hundred and twenty 2-weeks Japanese quail chicks of mean weight of 40.78±1.7g were used for the feeding trial. The study had 3 feeding regimes replicated four times in a complete randomized design (CRD). In group 1(Q1), the quails were fed once daily, group 2 (Q2) were fed twice daily while in group 3 (Q3) the quails were fed thrice, daily. Data were collected on feed intake, weight gain and feed conversion ratio etc. The mean total weight gain across the treatments was significantly influenced by different feeding regime (P<0.05). The feed efficiency was relatively the same in Q2 and Q3 (P>0.05). No mortality was reported across the treatments. The dressing percentage of the quails in the treatments was significantly influenced by the treatment effects (P<0.05). Flavor, texture and general acceptability of the meat were not influenced the feeding regime. It could be concluded that feeding quails twice supported improved weight gain, feed efficiency and carcass quality.

Keywords : Feed Efficiency, Feeding Regime, Protein, Quails, Weight Gain

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