Effect of Age and Sex on Serological Indices of Japanese Quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) Reared in Derived Savanna Area of Nigeria
Ojedapo, L. O.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The study is to evaluate the effect of age and sex on serological indices of Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) reared in derived savanna area of Nigeria. A total of 200 quails comprising 100 each of male and female were selected for this study. Fifteen each of the males and females quails were randomly selected at each week of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 respectively. Data were obtained on Total Protein (TP) using Biuret method, Albumin (ALB) using dye binding techniques with bromocresol green, Globulin (GL) using differences between total protein and Albumin, Sodium ion (Na+) and Potassium ion (K+) using flame emission spectroscopy, Serum Alanine Amino Transferase (SALT) and Serum Aspartate Amino Transferase (SAST) using method described by Bergmeyer, for both sexes on the quails. The results obtained show among others that statistical differences were observed for all the parameters of serological indices in relation to age and sex. Therefore, it is concluded that age and sex have an influence on serological indices of quail.