Nutrient composition of processed Japanese Quail hatchery waste and its application in their breeder diets

R. Prabakaran and A. Sathish kumar
Department of Poultry Science
Madras Veterinary College Chennai- - 600 007

Japanese quail hatchery waste was collected and processed by cooking and drying. Processed Japanese quail hatchery waste (PJQHW) was found to contain 36.24  0.53, 29.59  0.52 and 25.16  0.58 per cent of mean crude protein, ether extract and ash respectively. Calcium and phosphorous contents were found to be 10.73  0.78 and 0.69  0.01 percent respectively and it was also found to have a reasonably good make-up of amino acids. PJQHW was employed as an animal protein source in Japanese quail breeder diets replacing fishmeal at 0, 3, 6 and 9 per cent levels and the diets were made isoprotein and isocaloric. Mean hen day egg production (%) over a six week period averaged 90.19  1.77, 90.09  1.70, 88.65  1.77 and 88.31  1.89 for the above four treatments respectively while corresponding mean egg weights (g) were 11.89  0.07, 12.12  0.05, 11.93  0.06 and 12.09  0.08. The above differences between treatment groups were not found to be significant (P £  0.05). Feed consumption, feed efficiency, percent livability, fertility, hatchability and embryonic mortality were also not found to differ significantly between the dietary treatments employed. Feed cost per kg of breeder ration upon replacement of fishmeal with PJQHW at 0, 3, 6 and 9% levels worked out to be Rs. 8.92, 8.66, 8.40 and 8.15. It was hence concluded that PJQHW could totally replace fishmeal in Japanese quail breeder ration without influencing their egg production and hatching performance

Source : IPSACON-2005

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