Articles | Volume 63, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 63, 387–408, 2020
Arch. Anim. Breed., 63, 387–408, 2020

Original study 12 Nov 2020

Original study | 12 Nov 2020

Production performance and survivability of six dual-purpose breeds of chicken under smallholder farmers' management practices in Nigeria

Folasade Olubukola Ajayi et al.

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Cited articles

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This study evaluated the production performance of six chicken breeds under different agroecologies in Nigeria for 72 weeks. Each participating smallholder poultry (SHP) farmer (2100) received about 30 birds. The breeds were ranked (highest–lowest) for growth, laying performance and survivability as Shika-Brown/Sasso>FUNAAB Alpha/Noiler>Kuroiler>Fulani. The lowland rainforest and freshwater swamp supported the highest performance of the breeds. The study could guide the development of SHP.