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Alagbe et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 8 (6), pp. 119-127, June 2018.

ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Article

Manuscript Number: 053118075

 

(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2018.6.053118075)

 

Effect of Partial Replacement of Dietary Soya Meal with Dried Azolla Pinnata Meal on the Performance and Egg Quality of Japanese Quails (Cortunix cortunix)

 

 

Alagbe J.O.1, Enam J.S.2 and Omokore E.A.3

 

 

1Poultry Department at Dan-malafia Farms Limited, Ibadan.

2 Department of Veterinary Pathology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

3 Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja.


Abstract

 

An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of partial replacement of dietary Soya meal with dried Azolla          pinnata meal in quail’s diet. Five diets were formulated containing dried Azolla meal (AZL) at 0%, 4%, 6%, 8% and 10% levels. One hundred and fifty laying quails at 16 weeks of age were used for this study.  The quails were randomly allocated to five (5) dietary treatments replicated three times with each replicate having ten (10) quails in a completely randomized design (CRD). All necessary routine management practices were strictly observed.  Feed and water were provided ad libitum. Data collected were subjected to one-way analysis of variance and means were separated using Duncan’s multiple range test. Birds fed experimental diets showed no significant difference (P>0.05) in final body weights, feed conversion ratio, daily water intake and feed cost per gram of egg. However, significant differences (P<0.05) were observed for hen-day and hen-housed production and other egg quality characteristics (egg weight, egg size, albumen weight, shell weight, shell thickness, yolk weight, yolk diameter, yolk width, yolk index and haugh unit). No mortality was recorded throughout the experiment which lasted for 60 days.

It can be concluded from this experiment that AZL could be incorporated up to 10% level in quails ration without any deleterious effect on the performance and health status of the birds.

Keywords: Japanese quails, Azolla meal, Soya meal, body weight and performance


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