Ukanwoko and Ironkwe
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 6 (10), pp. 316-319, November 2016.
Manuscript Number: 102616173
The Performance of Japanese Quail (Coturnix coturnix) Birds on Graded Levels of Sweet Potato
*Anthonia Ijeoma Ukanwoko and Monica Ogochukwu Ironkwe
Department of Animal Science, University of Port Harcourt. P. M. B. 5323 Choba, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
An experiment was conducted to determine the performance of Japanese quail on graded levels of sweet potato (0%, 11%, 22% and 33%) in treatment 1 (T1), treatment 2 (T2), treatment 3 (T3) and treatment 4 (T4), respectively. Ninety six quail birds were allotted to the four treatments (T1, T2, T3 and T4) in a Completely Randomized Design. The experiment lasted 8 weeks. Results showed that feed intake and egg weight were significantly (P<0.05) affected by the treatments. Feed intake was highest in T3 (39.42 +1.24g), followed by T2 (36.36+1.24g) and T1 (35.88+1.24g) and the least was in T4 (32.14+1.24g). Egg weight was highest and same in T4 (12.58+0.693g), T2 (12.54+ 0.693g) and T1 (11.83+ 0.693g) with the least in T3 (9.46+0.693g). There was depression in egg production in T3, therefore T2 is recommended for farmers.
Keywords: Crude protein requirement, egg production, egg weight, feed intake, sweet potato meal.
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