Effect of replacement of maize with wheat or bajra on the egg production of Japanese Quails

Seema Agarwal, S.C. Gupta and S.K. Chopra
Department of Livestock Production & Management
CCS Haryana Agril. University, Hisar - 125004

The main objective of this study was to find out the effect of replacing maize with wheat or bajra as an alternative source of energy in the diet of laying Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica). For this purpose, six weeks old 221 female quails were procured and kept in battery. These birds were already under five treatment groups i.e. control ration containing 54% maize (T 1), replacing 50% of maize with bajra (T 2), 75% maize with bajra (T 3), 50% maize with wheat (T 4) and 75% maize with wheat (T 5). There were three replications. These feeding practices were continued up to 22 weeks of age. There was no significant effect on egg production and feed conversion ratio (kg feed/dozen eggs) in quails by replacing maize with bajra or wheat. Feeding cost for producing one dozen eggs in T 1, T 2, T 3, T 4 and T 5 groups were Rs. 3.59, 3.42, 3.33, 3.65 and 3.74, respectively. There was reduction in feeding cost by 4.73 per cent in T 2 group and by 7.24 per cent in T 3 group. Thus 75 per cent maize can be replaced by bajra for economic egg production in quails. It may be concluded that maize can be replaced with bajra or wheat up to 75 per cent level as an alternative source of energy in the ration of laying quails depending on the cost and availability of these ingredients.

Source : IPSACON-2005

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