HomePhilippine Journal of Veterinary Medicinevol. 41 no. 2 (2004)

Laying Performance of Quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica) Raised under Different Feeding and Lighting Systems

Clarita T. Dagaas | Minerva A. Lagarde

Discipline: Veterinary Medicine

 

Abstract:

This study evaluated the effects of different feeding and lighting systems early in production on the laying performance of quails. A total of 187 six-month old quails grown under different feeding and lighting systems were used in this study. The birds were individually weighed and randomly distributed to four treatments replicated three times with 14 to 16 birds per replicate. Neither lighting nor feeding systems significantly affected the feed consumption, feed efficiency, egg production rates, and livability of quails. Significant interaction between feeding and lighting program was seen on the 12th month body weight of experimental quails. Birds under continuous light and ad libitum feeding were significantly heavier (169.64 grams) than birds under 10 hours light and restricted feeding (159.61 grams). Similarly, significant interaction between feeding and lighting program was observed on the weight of eggs of quails on the 12'h month of age. Birds raised on continuous light and ad libitum feeding had significantly heavier eggs (12.40 grams) than those raised on other treatments. The average net income was highest when birds were raised under continuous light and restricted feeding.