EGG LAYING PERFORMANCE, BLOOD PROFILE, EGG EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL QUALITIES OF GUINEA FOWLS RAISED IN THREE DIFFERENT HOUSING SYSTEMS

Authors

  • Idowu, O. P. A. Department of Animal Production and Health / Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Amos, A. T.
  • Idowu, K. R.
  • Kareem, D. U.
  • Bamgbose, A. M.
  • Idowu, O. M. O.
  • Sogunle, O.M.

Keywords:

Albumin, Free run, Glucose, Serum protein, and Quality trait.

Abstract

The study examined the impact of different housing systems on the blood profile, egg production, and egg external and internal characteristics of guinea fowl. Seventy-eight 24-week-old Helmeted Guinea fowl pullets were assigned respectively to different housing systems, namely, battery cage, deep litter, and deep litter with access to run. Data was collected on egg-laying performance and characteristics, and the results showed that the average final weight, weight gain, feed intake, feed per dozen eggs, and total egg were significantly influenced by the housing systems. Egg weight and shell thickness were highest in eggs from birds on deep litter with a run housing system, and the eggs had the deepest yolk color. Hens in deep litter with run had the highest total serum protein, albumin, and glucose values compared to other systems. The study concluded that deep litter housing with run had better growth performance and egg quality traits, suggesting it was more beneficial for guinea fowl production in tropical environments.

Published

2022-12-30