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Production Performance of Koekoek Chickens Under Backyard Management Conditions
International Journal of Biomedical Materials Research
Volume 8, Issue 2, December 2020, Pages: 25-28
Received: Oct. 8, 2020; Accepted: Nov. 9, 2020; Published: Dec. 11, 2020
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Tesfa Geleta, Oromia Agricultural Research Institute, Adami Tulu Research Center, Ziway, Ethiopia
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The study was conducted in East Shoa zone in Dugda district from April 2017 to June 2018 to evaluate the production performance of koekoek chickens under farmers` management conditions. A total of 193 female and 32 male three months age grower koekoek chicken were used for the study. Three months grower koekoek chickens were distributed to five farmers research extension groups (FREGs) in Dugda districts of the mid rift valley of Ethiopia. Average age at sexual maturity, annual egg production and mortality of koekoek chicken obtained under farmers management condition were 22±1.2 weeks, 164±8.4 eggs/hen/year and 31% respectively. Weight of chicken at first egg laying and weight of cockerel at 22 weeks of age were 1.6±0.4 and 2.4 ±0.35 kg respectively. The mean value measurements obtained on egg weight in gram(g), shell thickness in millimeter (mm), yolk color, albumin weight in gram (g) and yolk weight in gram(g) were 44.28±2.96, 0.62 ±0.16, 6.7±0.5, 27.28±3.4 and 12.8±1.4 respectively. In the study area the frequent existence of Newcastle disease and external parasite was found to be the bottle neck for exotic poultry production. In addition lack of adequate package delivery and supply system are among the observed problems in the study area. We can conclude that poultry production in the study area is economically feasible along with veterinary service delivery and input supply like supplementary feed.
Farmers Research Extension Group, Mortality Rate, Egg Production, Performance, Supplementing
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Tesfa Geleta, Production Performance of Koekoek Chickens Under Backyard Management Conditions, International Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Vol. 8, No. 2, 2020, pp. 25-28. doi: 10.11648/j.ijbmr.20200802.13
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