The Effects ff Environmental Enrichment On Behavior, Performance, and Slaughter and Carcass Traits in Guinea Fowl

Authors

  • Mehmet Akif Boz Yozgat Bozok Üniversitesi
  • Hatice Öğütcü Ahi Evran Üniversitesi, Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi, Biyoloji Bölümü, 40100 Kırşehir
  • Ömer Faruk Algur Atatürk Üniversitesi, Fen Fakültesi, Biyoloji Bölümü, 25100 Erzurum

Keywords:

Canlı Ağırlık, Karkas, pH, Tonik immobilite, Davranış, Çevresel zenginleştirme

Abstract

In this study, it was aimed to determine the effects of environmental enrichment practices on growth performance, slaughter traits, meat quality traits and some behavioural traits of guinea fowls under confined rearing conditions. The study was carried out in Yozgat Bozok University BOZOK TUAM Yerköy Animal Husbandry Facility and the animal material consisted of 200 day-old guinea fowls. In this study, two different treatment groups with and without environmental enrichment were established. In both treatment groups, the guinea fowls were produced in the floor rearing system with litter. Each treatment group consisted of 5 replicates. In the environmental enrichment group, roosting boards, stone materials on the ground and foliage feeder objects were included. Guinea fowls were randomly allocated to the treatment groups from emergence and reared in the same environment until 13 weeks of age at slaughter. Lower live weight at slaughter age was determined in the environmental enrichment treatment (Feed conversion ratio (FCR) was better in the control group at 10 and 12 weeks. Slaughter weight, hot and cold carcass weight were lower in the environmental enrichment group. Higher level of mating, running, feeding, drinking, swelling, wing flapping and feather cleaning behaviours were determined in the environmental enrichment group. Feather pecking behaviour and lying down behaviour were found to be higher in the guinea fowl without environmental enrichment (control group). It was observed that environmental enrichment practices were especially effective on behaviours in guinea fowls.

Author Biographies

Hatice Öğütcü, Ahi Evran Üniversitesi, Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi, Biyoloji Bölümü, 40100 Kırşehir

BİYOLOJİ BÖLÜMÜ 40100

Ömer Faruk Algur, Atatürk Üniversitesi, Fen Fakültesi, Biyoloji Bölümü, 25100 Erzurum

BİYOLOJİ BÖLÜMÜ

Published

25-09-2023

How to Cite

Boz, M. A., Öğütcü, H., & Algur, Ömer F. (2023). The Effects ff Environmental Enrichment On Behavior, Performance, and Slaughter and Carcass Traits in Guinea Fowl. 3rd International Congress of the Turkish Journal of Agriculture - Food Science and Technology, Malatya, Türkiye, 106–106. from http://turjaf.com/index.php/TURSTEP/article/view/74