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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2014  |  Volume: 13  |  Issue: 15  |  Page No.: 908 - 911

Body Weight and Morphometric Differentiation of 3 Local Chicken Varieties in South-South Nigeria

U.H. Udoh and L.J. Isaac    

Abstract: The body weight and morphometric characteristics of the three varieties of local chickens in South-South Nigeria were evaluated. Data collected on body weight and linear dimensions (body girth, thigh, wing, shank and neck lengths) were analyzed using the Multivariate General Linear Model of SPSS Version 7.0 for Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Significantly different (p<0.05) means were separated using the Duncan Multiple Range Test. Among the cockerels, naked neck performed best in body weight and all the linear dimensions. Normal feathered cockerels ranked second in body girth but performed worst in body weight; thigh, wing, neck and shank lengths. Frizzled feather cockerels had least body girth but ranked second in body weight; thigh, wing, neck and shank lengths. Among the pullets, naked neck had the best body weight and neck length but ranked second in body girth; thigh, wing and shank lengths. Normal feathered pullets had the best body girth; thigh, wing and shank lengths but ranked second in body weight and neck length. Frizzled feather pullets performed worst in body weight and all the linear dimensions. The three varieties differed significantly (p<0.05) only in body weight and wing length. Best results were obtained by the naked neck cockerels. Due to the superiority of the naked neck variety, particularly the cockerels they should be further characterized, conserved and crossed with the normal feathered variety to enhance body weight and morphometric characteristics.

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