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J. Anim. Sci. Adv.,. 2012; 2(6): 558-567

Influence of management system on growth and carcass characteristics of Ugandan local chickens

magala henry, kugonza rugira donald, kwizera herbert, kyarisiima cleona connie.

The effect of management system on growth performance and carcass characteristics of local chicken cockerels were assessed. The cockerels were randomly allotted to three management systems (deep litter, run and free range systems). Each system was replicated six times with ten birds each. In all the management systems, birds accessed a diet of 20% CP and 3032kcal/kg ME. The birds were individually weighed after every two weeks. At the end of the experiment, four cockerels from each replicate were randomly selected and slaughtered. Dressing percentage, carcass yield, relative weights of carcass portions and organs, and physical, chemical and organoleptic properties were assessed. Birds reared under the free range system had the lowest body weight gain (P

Key words: Chicken quality, indigenous chickens, management system, performance

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