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Carcass Characteristics of Coturnix Quail as Affected by Sex and Housing System
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Simeon O. Olawumi, Animal Breeding and Genetics Unit, Department of Animal Production and Health Sciences, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
The effects of sex and housing on live body weight and carcass characteristics of Coturnix quails were examined in this study. Two hundred day-old quails purchased from local hatcheries were separated according to sexes at three weeks old and also divided into cage and deep litter systems. At the end of the 10 week trial, five birds from each sexes and housing were slaughtered, the carcasses were processed and the carcass weight, slaughter weight, dressed weight and other carcass parts were measured. Results showed that the female quail had higher and superior mean values in live body weight and carcass measurements. In addition, females recorded higher weight in edible giblets. With regard to housing system, cage and deep litter did not differ significantly in live body weight and other carcass parts. This implies that both systems of housing are good for rearing quail birds and either could be adopted for profitable and efficient quail meat production. It is suggested that more female quails be raised and produced in large commercial quantities to mitigate the effects of malnutrition prevalent in developing countries as a result of animal protein deficiencies.
Sex, Deep Litter, Cage, Carcass Weight, Quail
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