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Shimian Caoke Chicken, Asbestos Ke

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Country: China

Home Tract: Shimian County, Ya’an Prefecture, Sichuan Province.

Morphological characters

Body: Round body. Large body size

Body Plumage: Black Surface colours in all sections. Female surface colour is complex, majority of which is black, yellow, gray or white.

Head: Comely, short and wide

Combs: Majority has red single comb. Comb is deeply serrated with 5-9 point. Male has big and upright comb.

Ears: Round, red

Eyes: Jacinth Iris

Beak: Black, straight and short

Limbs/Shanks: Gray black shanks are common. Minority is black.

Morphometric traits

Body weight: Cock 3.6 kg, hen 3.1 kg

Reproductive Traits

Age at first egg: 180-210 days

Production traits

Egg shell colour: Sandy beige

Annual egg production (numbers): 158

Weight of an egg: 55.0 grams

Egg shape index: 1.3

Half evisceration rate: Male 82%; female 80 %

Evisceration rate: Adult male 70%; female 65%

Remarks: It is an excellent local variety of local Tibetan people after long-term artificial breeding and domestication of natural formation. This variety has resistance to crude feed, adaptability, disease resistance, suitable for grazing characteristics, is currently the implementation of forest land, Qiu Lin, the orchard, forest ecological grazing best chicken varieties. The need to strengthen the future breeding work.


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

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