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Study of Body Measurements and Slaughter Characteristics in Japanese quail as Influenced by Age

Author(s): M. Akram | J. Hussain | S. Ahmad | S. Mehmood | A. Rehman | A. Iqbal | M. Usman

Journal: Scientific Journal of Zoology
ISSN 2322-293X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 23;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Japanese quail | Age | Body measurements | Slaughter characteristics

The study wasconducted at Avian Research and Training Centre, UVAS Lahore, Pakistan in orderto quantify changes in body measurements and slaughter characteristics as aresponse to aging (3rd, 4th and 5th week)respectively. For this purpose seventy two birds were slaughtered each week.The analysis of data through one way ANOVA in Completely Randomized Design(CRD) and the comparison of means using Least Significant Difference (LSD) test,with the help of SAS 9.1  showedsignificant increase in body,keel, drum stick, shank and length of intestine as well as drumstick and shankcircumference with the advancement in age. Heart and intestinal weightpercentage to that of the live weight also increased with the age showing thehighest values for 5th week and the lowest for 3rd weekwhile liver, gizzard and gibletsweight percentage decreased significantly.
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