Phenotypic Characteristics of Local Chickens in Bayelsa State, South-South, Nigeria
Six hundred (600) mature chickens were randomly sampled in six selected local government areas of Bayelsa state between March and December 2005. They were studied for phenotypic variations in size and body measurements. Phenotypic variations were observed in feather type and color as well as comb size and comb type. Body weight was significantly (p<0.05) correlated with body length, chest circumference, femur, shank length and shank thickness. Although observable variations existed among indigenous chicken in the study area, the use of molecular characterization will be able to show their level of genetic diversity.