Studies Concerning the Dynamics of Productive Indicators on Gray Guinea Fowl (Numida Meleagris)
Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca. Animal Science and Biotechnologies
Growing guinea-fowls is an area of less research activity, although meat and eggs from this species are increasingly sought by consumers around the world. In addition, there is a number of very valuable biological features that makes this sector such attractive. This paper deals with a study on the productive performance of the gray guinea fowl under controlled ambient conditions. The biological material consisted of 50 specimens of guinea-fowls, purchased from a producer in our country. Those
... our country. Those guinea fowls were grown according to the species-specific technology, from one day to 77 days. The target indicators were body weight, weight gain, feed consumption and stockholding proportion, determined in accordance with the poultry research methodology. The data were statistically processed using the Anova (Analysis of variance) program. For the gray guinea fowl, the growing period has been divided into three stages of age, differentiated by the protein level of the feed. At the time of population, the body weight of birds was 28.09 ± 0.35 g, and on the day of slaughter (77th day), 1923.76 ± 18.29 g. This weight was achieved with a feed conversion index of 1: 3.64.The gray guinea fowl exhibits good organic resistance and ensures satisfactory meat production under conditions of optimal nutrient feeding.