Replacement of maize with wheat or bajra in quail’s feeding

Sanjeev Kumar , S.C. Gupta and R.S. Thakur
Department of Livestock Production & Management
CCS Haryana Agril. University, Hisar - 125004

The objective of the present study was to find out the effect of replacing maize with wheat or bajra as an alternative source of energy in the diet of Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica). Four hundred and eighty, day old chicks were randomly distributed into five treatment groups. In the control group maize was the major source of energy. The treatment rations were formulated by replacing maize with 50 and 75 per cent bajra or replacing maize with 50 and 75 per cent wheat. There were three replications. Standard managemental practices were followed to raise the birds in the battery up to six weeks of age. Body weights at 5th and 6th week of age were higher (P< 0.05) in quails given diets replacing maize with 50 per cent and 75 per cent wheat or 75 per cent bajra. There was no significant effect on feed consumption, feed conversion ratio and mortality in quails given experimental rations. It may be concluded that both bajra and wheat can be used as an alternative source of energy instead of maize in the diet of quails.

Source : IPSACON-2005

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