Performance of laying Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica) fed graded levels of neem (Azadirachta indica) leaf meal
Muhammad Abdullahi Mahmud, Peter Shaba, Wosilat Abdussalam, Musa Ma'aji, Mohammed Alhaji Abubakar
Six weeks feeding trail was conducted to evaluate the effects of neem (Azadirachtaindica) leaf meal on performance of laying quails. Four layers diet were formulated to contain leaf meal at 0%, 5%, 10% and 15% of overall diet. One hundred and twenty laying Japanese quails already 6 weeks old were divided into 4 treatments in a complete randomized design (CRD). Feed intake was measured daily, and the quails were weighed once weekly. Performance records were taken while the body composition, as well as egg production levels were also analysed at the end of the experiment. There was significant (P<0.05) difference in feed intake and egg production. Result from this experiment shows that inclusion of neem leaf meal in laying Japanese quails more than 5% of overall diet has serious adverse effects on their performance.