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QUAIL FARMING AS DIVERSIFICATION VENTURE IN RURAL INDIA By Dr. Avishek Biswas Senior Scientist Avian Nutrition & Feed Technology Division Central Avian.

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1 QUAIL FARMING AS DIVERSIFICATION VENTURE IN RURAL INDIA By Dr. Avishek Biswas Senior Scientist Avian Nutrition & Feed Technology Division Central Avian Research Institute Izatnagar, Bareilly (U.P.), India

2 Introduction Class:Aves Family:Phasianidae Genus:Coturnix Scientific name:Coturnix coturnix Japonica Hindi name:Bater

3 First domesticated in Japan in There are two species of quail in India: a) The black-breasted quail found in jungle (Coturnix Coromandelica) b) The brown-coloured Japanese Quail (Coturnix Coturnix Japonica) Introduced in India in 1974 from California. There are 45 species of quail although the Japanese quail is the largest species Why quail farming? History Hardy Easy to handle Adopt to varied environment Fast growing bird and short generation interval 3-4 generations in a year Pilot animal for genetic, nutritional and physiological studies. As a source of egg and meat production Popular in the countries like Japan, Hongkong, Singapore and France.

4 Requires minimum floor space Needs low investment Quails are comparatively sturdy birds Can be marketed at an early age ie. five weeks Early sexual maturity - starts laying eggs in about six to seven weeks of age High rate of egg laying -280 eggs per year Quail meat is tastier than chicken and has less fat content. It promotes body and brain development in children. Nutritionally, the quail eggs are on par with that of chicken eggs. Moreover, they contain less cholesterol. Quail meat and eggs are a nutritious diet for pregnant and nursing mothers. Advantages of quail farming

5 Very short generation interval Quails are very robust to diseases No vaccination is required Low space requirement Early maturity Very high laying intensity- female starts laying at an age of 42 days Practical Utility Quail offered an opportunity to alternative the chicken farming It is useful as table delicacy Pilot animal for research and education Quail farming as economically viable and technically feasible

6 Difference b/w Male & Female Females are heavier ( g) than male ( g) Female: long & pointed feathers with black speckles on the throat and upper breast. Male: rusty brown throat and breast feathers, cloacal gland. Female/Male Japanese Quail

7 Deep litter system 6 quails can be reared in a sq.ft. of floor space. After 2 weeks, Quails can be reared in cages. This will help to gain good body weight. AgeCage SizeNo.of birds First 2 weeks3 x 2.5 x 1.5 ft weeks4 x 2.5 x 1.5 ft.50 Cage System Each unit is about 6 feet in length and 1 foot in width, and subdivided into 6 subunits. The cages can be arranged up to 6 tiers high. Bottom of the cage is fixed with removable wooden plates Long narrow feed troughs are placed in front of the cages. Water troughs are placed at the back of the cages. Commercial egg layers are usually housed in colonies of birds per cage. Housing

8 Feed Management Feed IngredientsChick mashGrower mash 0-3 weeks4-6 weeks Maize2731 Sorghum1514 Deoiled RiceBran88 Groundnut Cake17 Sunflower Cake12.5 Soya meal8- Fishmeal10 Mineral Mixture2.5 Shell grit-5 Feed can be formulated as follows. Feed material should be made of small particles A 5 weeks old quail consumes about 500 gms of feed Quails of 6 month old, consumes about gms of feed per day. Quails require about 400 gms feed for the production of 12 eggs. The particle size is reduced by grinding the feed for one more time.

9 Classified as, Starter (0-4 wks), Finisher (4-6wks) and layer or breeder (6 wks onwards). Starter period is more crucial and needs special management and feeding care. Balanced and higher nutrient is required Feed conversion ratio (FCR) is an average NutrientsBroiler QuailsLayer Quail (For Egg) Starter (0-4 wks.) Finisher (4-6 wks.) Starter (0-4 wks.) Grower (4-5 wks.) Layer (> 6 wks.) Energy (Kcal /Kg) Protein % Calcium % Phosphorus % Feeding

10 Smaller eggs than chicken Average age at first egg production is about 50 days Average egg production /year Eggs laid between 3-5 pm Eggs are multicoloured (dark brown, white, buff, blue etc) Eggs wt. is g 7-8% of the hens body weight. Egg production Composition of Quail Egg (Whole, Raw) WaterProteinFatCarbohydrateTotal ashCalorific Value 74%13%11%1% 649 k J/100g liquid

11 Dressed quail meat weighs 70-73% weight of live quail. Hundred grams of quail meat is usually obtained from a quail weighing 140 g The Comparision in Composition (Raw Meat) ( Ref.: Pande and Srivastava, 1987) What is the acceptance or popularity of Quail meat and egg? Quail meat / egg are now widely accepted in India. Small size of quail egg as alternative to chicken egg. They make attractive snacks or salad ingredients. Value addition is possible with products like egg pickles, brined quail eggs etc. MoistureProteinFatCarbohydrateMinerals Quail73.93%20.54%3.85%0.56%1.12% Chicken73.87%20.66%3.61%0.78%1.08% Quail meat

12 YES According to Gourmets, it is tastier than chicken. Quail meat promotes body and brain development in children Best balanced feed for pregnant and nursing mothers. Less fat content (Low calorific value) but more of phospholipds. Is quail farming a suitable option in terms of meat and egg production? Early marketing age Early sexual maturity High rate of lay ( eggs per year) Occupation of a minimum floor space Eight to ten birds can be kept in the same space housing a single chicken Is quail meat preferred over chicken meat?

13 Incubation and hatching o Incubators that are used for hatching chicken eggs can be used o A wire mesh or grid of 1.5 x 1 inch should be fitted on the setter trays o Incubation period for quail eggs is 18 days. o Eggs should be stored at 13 0 C at 80% RH for 5-7 days o Fumigated with formaldehyde gas for 20 minutes before storage. o Incubation requirement are as follows: Duration (Days)Temperature (deg.F)Humidity (%)Turning of Eggs Through 45 deg. 5-6 times a day. 15 to Not required

14 If you are going for such operations of producing chicks at your farm, following information may be of help to you: Male / female ratio in the parent stock should be 1:2 or less. Quails start laying eggs at the age of 6 weeks, Quails lay most of the eggs during evening hours (Between 3 to 6 PM). Fertile eggs from the female of age 10 to 20 weeks can be collected Eggs should be collected very frequently and carefully Eggs should be stored at 55 0 F with 70% relative humidity before incubation. Management of quail chicks The day old quail chicks usually weigh 8-10 g. The quail chicks need more temperature. Absence of adequate temperature and exposure to high speed cool wind leads to clustering of young ones, which results in high mortality.

15 Quail diseases Quails are very sensitive during first 2 wks of their life Quails are not vaccinated No dewormer used Resistant to 8 starins of Eimeria pathogenic to chicken Brooder pneumonia reported in quails (use calcium feed). Ulcerative enteritis (Clostridium colinum) Sterptomycin, bacitricin, and of feed. Mortality rate 5-10%

16 Where to get parent birds or adult quails? 1. Director, Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar, Dist. Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, Pin: A.V.M Hatcheries & Poultry Breeding Center Pvt. Ltd. 25 / 327, Rangai Gauder Street, Coimbatore Pin: Director, Central Poultry Breeding Farm, Govt of India located at a.Aarey colony, Goregaon (E), Mumbai b. Hessarghatta, Bangalore (North) c.Nayapalli, Bhubaneshwar d.Industrial Area, Chandigarh M/s Venkateshwar Hacheries Pvt. Ltd. Quail Unit at Naigaon, Pune, C/o Dr. B.V. Rao, IPMT At/PO - Urulikanchan, Pune –

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