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Asian Journal of Poultry Science
  Year: 2016 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 111-116
DOI: 10.3923/ajpsaj.2016.111.116
 
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Evaluation of Fertility, Hatchability and Egg Quality of Rural Chicken in Gorogutu District, Eastern Hararghe, Ethiopia

Ahmedin Abdurehman and Mangistu Urge

Abstract:
This study was conducted to evaluate the fertility, hatchability and egg quality of rural chicken in three agro-ecologies. Eggs of indigenous cross and exotic breed were collected from each selected rural kebeles for determination of fertility, hatchability and egg quality parameters. A total of 270 eggs were incubated for fertility and hatchability, 180 eggs were used for egg quality evaluation. Fertility and hatchability study revealed no significant (p>0.5) difference between agro-ecologies. There was no significant (p>0.5) difference between agro-ecologies but egg weight obtained from highland (47.13±3.5) was heavier than that of midland (45.43±3.9) and low land (44.68±3.0). Shell weight 3.7±0.2, 5.5±0.6 and 5.7±0.6 g for local, cross and exotic breed, respectively. There was significant (p<0.5) difference between breeds for average egg weight, albumen height and weight, yolk weight, height and diameter and shell weight. There was no statistically significant difference (p>0.05) among indigenous, cross and exotic breeds for yolk color, yolk index, shell thickness and Haugh unit. In all the parameters, exotic breeds had higher mean values than that of the cross and indigenous breed’s eggs collected except yolk color and yolk index.
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How to cite this article:

Ahmedin Abdurehman and Mangistu Urge, 2016. Evaluation of Fertility, Hatchability and Egg Quality of Rural Chicken in Gorogutu District, Eastern Hararghe, Ethiopia. Asian Journal of Poultry Science, 10: 111-116.

DOI: 10.3923/ajpsaj.2016.111.116

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajpsaj.2016.111.116

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