FEEDING WHOLE PEARL MILLET (PENNISETUM GLAUCUM) WITH OR WITHOUT ENZYME SUPPLEMENTATION TO GROWING JAPANESE QUAILS (COTURNIX COTURNIX JAPONICA)

Authors

  • SABO, M. N. Department of Animal Production and Health, Federal University Dutsin-ma, Katsina state
  • DURU, S.
  • AFOLAYAN, S. B.

Keywords:

pearl millet; Japanese quails; nutrients; digestibility

Abstract

An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of dietary inclusion level (50% or 100%), form (whole or ground), and enzyme supplementation (with or without) of pearl millet at the expense of maize on the performance of growing Japanese quails. A total of 378 two weeks old unsexed Japanese quails were used in a 2 x 2 x 2 factorial arrangement in a completely randomized design with eight treatments and a control all replicated thrice with 14 quails per replicate in a four-week feeding trial. Feed intake and weight gain were measured weekly. Three quails per treatment were used for carcass evaluation. The results obtained showed that weight gain, age at first lay, weight at first lay and weight of first egg were similar (P>0.05) among the treatments. Feed intake, feed conversion ratio, total feed cost and feed cost/kg gain were significantly affected (P<0.05) by pearl millet inclusion with the control group doing better than either of the pearl millet inclusion levels of 50% or 100%. Whole pearl millet can conveniently replace maize in the diet of Japanese quails without any adverse effects.

Published

2017-06-30