Influence of African nutmeg (Monodora myristica) on the egg qualities of Japanese quails (Cortunix cortunix)
The study evaluated the influence of toasted Monodora myrisica spice as feed additive in egg qualities of quail. The study took a duration of eight weeks in a Completely Randomized Design. A total of 120 quails were allocated to 4 dietary treatments having 0%, 0.5%, 1.0% and 1.5% Monodora myristica respectively. Each treatment was replicated 3 times at 10 quails per replicate. From the results, significant differences (P<0.05) were observed only in the egg number, egg length, egg width and yolk weight. Egg number recorded 10, 16, 18 and 11 for 0%, 0.5%, 1.0% and 1.5% respectively. Egg length and egg width respectively were reported to be 29.54mm, 29.60mm, 23.14mm and 23.45mm; 22.62mm, 22.96mm, 23.14mm and 23.45mm for 0%, 0.5%, 1.0% and 1.5%. Yolk weights were reported to be 1.54g, 3.46g, 3.49g and 3.54g respectively for 0%, 0.5%, 1.0% and 1.5%. There was no significant difference (P<0.05) in the Haugh unit but it was observed to increase numerically as the level of inclusion increase. Quail weight at the point of lay (P>0.05) were 100g, 110g, 120g and 117g respectively for 0%, 0.5%, 1.0%and 1.5%.
Keywords: Feed additive, Monodora myristica, Japanese quail and egg qualities