Articles | Volume 65, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 65, 199–206, 2022
Arch. Anim. Breed., 65, 199–206, 2022
Original study
10 May 2022
Original study | 10 May 2022

The effects of stocking density on slaughter performance and some meat quality parameters of Pekin ducks

Sabri Arda Eratalar et al.

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How actual industrial stocking densities generally affect the slaughter performance and meat quality parameters of hybrid Pekin ducks reared under industrial conditions was examined in this experiment. With the findings of the research it can be concluded that, when actually applied stocking densities rearing hybrid Pekin ducks increase, some slaughter parameters and few meat quality parameters are negatively affected.