Sneh Lata Gupta and Jyoti Palod
An experiment was undertaken on a total one-eighty, guinea fowls (Numida meleagris) of day old age, which were randomly divided into four groups [Control, Bael (Aegle marmelos), Chelidonium (Chelidonium majus) and Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa)] mother tincture, each group having three replications consisting of fifteen guinea fowls each, for a period of 12 weeks. The respective homeopathic mother tinctures as per the groups were added @ 0.05ml, 0.08ml and 0.1ml per bird in the drinking water at the age of 1-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks and 9-12 weeks respectively, excluding the control groups which were given plain water. At the end of feeding trial on 84th day, two birds from each replicate (6 birds/ treatment) were randomly sacrificed for estimating the carcass composition. Results of the experiment revealed that inclusion of Bael, Chelidonium and Punarnava homeopathic mother tinctures in the drinking water of the guinea fowls significantly increased the crude protein content of drumstick, thigh and breast muscles and decreased the fat content in thigh and breast muscles with maximum effect in Chelidonium mother tincture supplemented group of guinea fowls. Hence it is concluded that, these homeopathic mother tincture can be used to produce designer meat in guinea fowls.
Keyword: Guinea fowls, Carcass Composition, Aegle marmelos, Boerhaavia diffusa, Chelidonium majus.