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THE EFFECT OF LIGHTING COLOR ON SOME OF THE PRODUCTIVE TRAITS OF JAPANESE QUAIL

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This study was conducted to determine the effect of lighting color on the productive performance of Japanese quail. A total of 180 quail chicks, one day old, 8 g average weight, randomly distributed into four treatments with three replicates (15 birds / replicate). The chicks were exposed to four colors of lighting, they were white, red, blue and green light, the intensity of illumination was 15 lux for 23 hours / day. The results showed that a significant increase (P<0.05) on the body weight and weight gain, white light significantly outperformed (P<0.05) on the feed consumption at first three weeks of bird life, while the blue light in the same characteristic in the last two weeks of the life of birds, the red light showed a significant improvement (p<0.05) in the feed conversion.