EFFECT OF USING GERMINATED SORGHUM IN PHYSIOLOGICAL AND PRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE OF TWO QUAIL STRAINS
Mesopotamia Journal of Agriculture,
2012, Volume 40, Issue 4, Pages 141-150
AbstractThe aim of this study was to identify the effect of replacement of germinated sorghum instead of corn on productive performance and some physiological parameters of two strains of quail (brown and black) Six hundred unsexed one day old quail of two strains (300 of each) were used in this study . Birds reared on floor from 1-110 days of age in semi opened house at the farm of Animals Resources Department - Collage of Agriculture and Forestry - University of Mosul. Five treatments were used as follows : T1:(Control) with yellow corn .T2,T3,T4andT5 replacement of germinated sorghum instead of yellow corn (25 , 50 , 75 and 100)% respect . Feed and water were Ad Libitum . Statistical analysis of data showed no significant differences (P≤0.05) among treatments and strains were observed in live body weight , average weekly weight gain , feed consumption and relative growth rate . Significant improve (P≤0.05) in feed conversion ratio during sixth week of age were observed for brown birds as compared with the black in treatments (2 , 4 and 5). After sexual maturity age no significant differences were observed between the treatments and strains in percentages of egg production H.D.P.% , feed consumption , feed conversion ratio , average egg weight , yolk weight , white weight , yolk height , white height , glucose concentration , triglyceride , albumin , globulin , total protein , packed cell volume (P.C.V.) , hemoglobin concentration and red blood cell count in blood serum .
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