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Evaluating Body Weight and Carcass Traits in Six Hybrid Quail Varieties Over a Five Week Period

Evaluating Body Weight and Carcass Traits in Six Hybrid Quail Varieties Over a Five Week Period

Amal Ahmed Abdel-Halim1, Esteftah Mohamed El-Komy2, Ahmed Mosaad Abdelsalam2, Gomaa Said Ramadan2*

1Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, 12613 Giza, Egypt; 2Animal Production Department, Agricultural and Biological Research Institute, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza 12622, Egypt.

 
*Correspondence | Gomaa Said Ramadan, Department of Animal Production National Research Centre, 12622, Dokki, Giza, Egypt; Email: gomaasaid87@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

The objective of this study was to examine the body weight, growth performance and carcass characteristics of six different hybrid lines of Japanese quails. The research was conducted at the National Research Centre farm and Stino Quail Farm. The selection process for body weight was carried out for two generations, focusing on achieving higher body weight at five weeks of age. This resulted in the establishment of selected lines with superior body weight. The data collected from the study were analyzed using the xlstat software. One-way and two-way analysis of variance methods were applied to examine the differences in various parameters. The results revealed significant variations in the weekly mean body weight of the quail birds at weeks 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 among the different hybrid lines. These differences imply varying growth rates and body weights throughout the study period. Furthermore, the average carcass characteristics displayed significant variation among the hybrid lines. It was observed that Hy5 Imported Quail, which represents hybrid line 5, consistently performed better in terms of carcass characteristics when compared to the other quail hybrids. In conclusion, the present study highlighted the significant differences in body weight growth and carcass characteristics among different hybrid lines of Japanese quails. The findings contribute to our understanding of the genetic traits and growth potential of these quail hybrids, with Hy5 Imported Quail demonstrating superior performance in carcass characteristics.
 
Keywords | Carcass characteristics, Growth performance, Japanese Quail, Quail, Selection

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Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

August

Vol. 12, Iss. 8, pp. 1410-1621

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