STUDY OF THE PRODUCTIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF YOUTH AND LAYING QUAILS IN THE “BALOTESTI” EGGS-MEAT POPULATION
Elena Popescu-Miclosanu, L. Ionita
The research findings on the productive characteristics in the “Balotesti” eggs-meat quail population raised and selected at „S. C. Nova Farm S.R.L.” Bucharest, upon an initial number of 2,000 quails, studied individually or on cage, in function of the productive characteristic, indicated that the average body weight at the age of 42 days was of 205.3 g and the daily average weight gain in the period of 1-6 weeks of raising was of 4.65 g, the daily average feed consumption and the specific consumption was of 15.63 g, respectively 3.46 g and the viability was of 90.5 %. In the first 48 weeks of the laying period of the quails raised for reproduction, it was obtained an average laying percent of 63.03, the daily average feed consumption and the average specific consumption being of 37.35 g, respectively 68.25. The daily consumption for the 1-6 weeks period of raising the youth quails was of 46.53 kcal ME and 3.30 g crude protein. In 48 weeks of laying the daily consumption was of 103.72 kcal ME and 7.32 g crude protein. The performances are superior to other populations in our country, raised in majority only for eggs, and similar to that exploited in others countries with tradition in quail raising, being suited to continue the selection in the direction of obtaining lines specialized for eggs or as broiler mother.
Key words: quail, productive characteristics, youth, laying quails