Alagbe Et Al

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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