The Effect of Supplementation of Enzyme on Laying and Reproductive Performance in Japanese Quail Hens Fed Nigella Seed Meal
The effect of dietary enzyme (Optizyme) on the performance of Japanese quail hens fed isocaloric and isonitrogenous diets containing 0, 10, 20 and 30% of Nigella seed meal (NSM) as a protein source was studied. A corn-soybean meal diet was used as a control diet. Eight groups of birds having 8 replicates consisting of 2 females and 1 male were used, and productive and reproductive traits and egg quality were measured. Hens fed 10% NSM produced significantly more eggs than those fed 0, 20 and 30% NSM diets. Shell thickness was also significantly higher in the 10% NSM group. Supplementation of enzyme significantly improved egg production and tended to improve shell thickness when a 20% NSM diet was fed, but not when 30% NSM was given. Furthermore, the enzyme significantly improved the fertility rate when fed a 20% NSM diet, but not in the groups fed a 30% NSM diet. From these observations, Japanese quail hens can be fed diet containing 10% NSM. Moreover, this level can be increased to 20% when supplemented with enzyme.
- The journal of poultry science
The journal of poultry science 45(2), 110-115, 2008-04-25