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Luyuan Chicken, Big Luyuan

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Country: China

Home Tract: Originated in Luyuan Township, Shazhou County of Jiangsu Province

Morphological characters

Body: Large and high body size; it is wide between two legs and no hackle.

Body Plumage: The surface plumage throughout is yellow and closed to body. There are some black stripe on the neck feather, primaries and tail feathers. Leg and toe’s skin colour is yellow. The feather colour of the day-old chick is yellow.

Chest/Breast: Deep

Back: Flat

Toes: Yellow

Morphometric traits

Body weight: Cock 3.270 kg, hen 3.120 kg

Reproductive Traits

Age at first egg: 180 days

Production traits

Egg shell colour: Brown

Annual egg production (numbers): 144.72

Weight of an egg: 54.2 grams

Half evisceration rate: At 6-month days is 81.13% for male, and 82.57% for female

Evisceration rate: At 6-month days is 72.64% for male and 73.01% for female

References

Bao W.B., et al., 2009, Genetic diversity and relationship between genetic distance and geographical distance in 14 Chinese indigenous chicken breeds and red jungle fowl,” Czech Journal of Animal Science; 54(2): 74-83. [Web Reference]

Chen G., et al., 2008, Assessment of population structure and genetic diversity of 15 Chinese indigenous chicken breeds using microsatellite markers, Asian Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences; 21(3): 331-339. [Web Reference]

Jia Y., 2004, “Report on domestic animal genetic resources in China,” China Agriculture Press. [Web Reference]

Li H.F., et al., 2009, “Analysis of genetic structure and relationship among nine indigenous Chinese chicken populations by the Structure program,” Journal of Genetics, 88(2): 197-203. [Web Reference]

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