Abstract: In this study because feed costs make up a significant portion among the whole cost of animal production, availability of the dried rumen contents which is not used in animal fed, so far was investigated to reduce feed cost of quail for fattening. The aim of this study is to figure out utility of dried rumen content found easily and/or free of charge in quail diet. A total of 250 days old Japanese quail was used. Quails were divided into 5 groups and the rumen contents were added to the ration in 2nd week. The dried rumen contents were supplemented with 0, 5, 10 and 20% for 1st (control) 2nd-4th groups, respectively. The rumen contents were added gradually from weeks 3 to diet of 5th group as 5% in 3 week, 10% in 4 weeks, 20% in 5 and 6 weeks. At the end of the 6th week feeding period, live weights of group l (control) 2-5 were 167.4, 174.3, 170.5, 148.3 and 153.4 g; feed consumption 978.4, 901.6, 902.7, 948.9 ve 975.4 g; feed conversion ratio 5.8, 5.1, 5.1, 6.3 and 6.4, respectively. The addition of dried rumen contents to ration live weight, feed intake, feed converse ratio and carcass traits significantly affected (p<0.01, 0.05). It is observed that supplementing with 5 and 10% dried rumen contents had a positive impact on growth performance of quails.
Hakan Inci, Bunyamin Sogut, A. Yusuf Sengul and Turgay Sengul, 2013. The Effect of Dried Rumen Content on Growth Performance and Carcass Traits of Japanese Quails. Agricultural Journal, 8: 232-235.