Effect of discarded chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) cooking on the productive response and carcass yield of Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) at the fattening stage


Abstract


In order to study the effect of discarded chickpea cooking on the productive response and carcass yield of the Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) at the fattening stage, 300 animals (1 d of age and 9.92 0.05 g) were used. The control diet was elaborated with soybean meal and ground corn grain. The discarded chickpea, raw and cooked, replaced at 60 % the soybean meal and the ground corn grain. For the discarded raw chickpea, the feed intake was 77.9 % higher (P < 0.01) than for the cooked. It improved (P < 0.01) the weight gain (220.10 vs 203.56 and 204.40 g), the slaughter weight (229.85 vs 212.49 and 214.36 g), and the carcass weight (135.77 vs 128.97 and 129.74 g), as compared with the control diet and the diet with discarded cooked chickpea, respectively. There were not differences between the discarded raw chickpea and the cooked chickpea for the feed efficiency and the carcass yield. It was concluded that the inclusion of 60 % of discarded raw chickpea in the diet, as compared with the cooked, enhances the productive response and the carcass weight, not modifying the yield in the Japanese quail at the fattening stage; thus, its boiling is not recommended in this animal category.
Key words: Cicer arietinum L., quails, fattening.

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