2006, Cilt 22, Sayı 1-2, Sayfa(lar) 069-074
Effects of Storage Time and Temperature on Hatchability of Japanese Quail Eggs, Survival and Growth Performance of Chicks
Mustafa Garip, Süleyman Dere
Selçuk Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi, Zootekni Anabilim Dalı, KONYA
Keywords: Quail, egg storage temperature, egg storage time, hatchability, survival and growth performance
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This study was carried out to investigate the effects of storage temperature and periods on quail (Co-turnix coturnix japonica) eggs hatchability and subsequent chick growth performance. Total of 6000 eggs was collected from a quail flock consisting 250 male and 750 female quails of same age, managing and feeding conditions. In the experiment, 3 (storage temperature, 11, 21, 27°C) x 4 (storage period, 1,5, 10, 15 day) factorial design was exerted. The eggs were divided into twelve groups including 12-15 g breeding quality eggs. All eggs were stored in the egg storage room with 75±5% relative humidity. There was not significant effect of egg storage period and temperature on mortality at first ten days and 5 weeks of age and feed conversion ratio throughout the experiment (P>0.05). The average five weeks body weight of quails were obtained lowest in one-day storaged groups (P<0.05). In the temperature groups, the highest body weight was at the 11°C groups (P<0.05). There was a decrease for this trait along with the temperature increase. The lowest body weight was observed in 21 °C group (P<0.05).