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Effect of various dietaryprotein levels on haematology and blood biochemistry of Japanese quail

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Sadif Nazar, Muhammad Mushtaq-ul-Hassan, Farhat Jabeen

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Int. J. Biosci.7( 5), 16-29, November 2015

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/7.5.16-29


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Protein is very crucial for growth of birds.Blood parameters are used as indicator for diagnosis of diseases. Haematological values also reflect the levels of stresses due to nutritional and environmental factors. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of various dietary protein levels on haematological and blood biochemistry values in different close bred flocks of Japanese quail. One thousand and eighty, day-old chicks from four different close bred flocks comprising 270 chicks having 135 of each separate sex (♂ and ♀) were divided into 3 sub-groups assigning 3 different protein levels (21, 23, 25%) having 3 replicates comprising 15 birds each. From 4th week onward 72 birds (randomly picking one bird from each replicate) were slaughtered at the end of each week. The blood samples were collected in the tubes from the jugler vein by slaughtering the birds. The blood was analysed following standard procedure to study the haematological and blood biochemistry. The results showed that strains of Japanese quail did not differ significantly in haematological parameters andblood cholesterol level from 4th to 6th week in both sexes. However, strains differ in total protein, albumin and globulin content in blood. Dietary protein level significantly affected most of haematological and biochemical parameters of blood. Highest protein level (25%) showed best performance in all the parameters except hemoglobin and cholesterol level. It is concluded that 25% protein level in feed is best for rearing of Japanese quail for meat purpose in tropics.


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