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The Feeding Value of Toasted Mucuna Seed Meal Diets for Growing Japanese Quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica)

C.D. Tuleun1, S.Y. Igyem2 and A.Y. Adenkola3
1Department of Animal Nutrition, 2Department of Animal Production, College of Animal Science, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria 3Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria
Abstract :

A feeding trial was conducted with two hundred and twenty four one week old quail chicks to study the optimum inclusion level of toasted mucuna seed meal in a practical quail diet. Four isonitrogenous (24%
crude protein) diets incorporating graded levels (0, 5, 10 and 15) of toasted mucuna seed meal were
formulated and fed for 42 days in a completely randomized design. The chicks were divided into four
treatment groups, each group replicated two times with 28 chicks per replicate. A group each was allotted
to one of the four isonitrogenous diets. The performance, nutrient digestibility, carcass quality and visceral
organs and haematological parameters were evaluated. Feed intake, weight gain, feed/gain ratio and
nutrient digestibility did not differ significantly (P>0.05) across the treatments. The haematological
parameters of quails fed the mucuna diets were not significantly different (P>0.05) compared to those on
control diet. Likewise the inclusion of toasted mucuna seed meal in the diets did not cause significant
disproportionate growth in carcass quality and visceral organs. It was concluded that toasted mucuna seed meal can be included up to 15% level in practical diets of growing Japanese quail.

Keywords :
Toasted mucuna seedmeal, quail growers, digestibility, carcass quality, haematology

Date Deposited : 06 Jul 2011 14:03

Last Modified : 06 Jul 2011 14:03

Official URL: http://www.pjbs.org/ijps/ijps.htm

Volume 8, Number 11, - 2009 , ISSN 1682-8356

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