Appraisal of Village Chickens Potential in Egg Production

  • L C Bebora
  • P G Mbuthia
  • J N Macharia
  • G Mwaniki
  • L W Njagi
  • P N Nyaga


A study was carried out on the laying capacities of Village / indigenous and exotic / commercial hens that were brought to the Agricultural Society of Kenya show, Nairobi, over a period of 10 years. The parameter of egg-production capacity was estimated by the pliability of bones, especially the pubic bone spread and the space between the pubic bone and the keel bone; measured as number of fingers that can fit between each space, respectively. The results showed that some of the indigenous birds had good laying capacities, contrary to popular belief. Some indigenous birds were close to, and others had higher laying capabilities than the respective commercial ones. This observation indicates that, with a little extra effort in management and genetic selection, these village birds have a potential of increasing their egg yields.

The Kenya Veterinarian Vol. 29 2005: pp. 10-13

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