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Taoyuan Chicken, Taoyuan Da

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Country: China

Home Tract: Taoyuan County, Changsha, Yueyang and Binzhou Cities, Hunan Province.

Morphological characters

Body: Large and high body size, long square body conformation. The hen has higher height, rounded body like square.

Body Plumage: Puff plumages. The feathers of the cock are golden or red. The surface plumage of primary and tail feather is black or golden or some black mottles for male. The feathers of hen have two types: yellow, rough black. The feather of yellow type is yellow for back and black-yellow for leg.

Skin colour: White

Combs: Single comb is up right for male and drooping gradually to one side for female.

Beak: Gray

Neck: Long in cocks

Back: Long and flat

Tail: In cocks, with a high angle, look like U-shape

Limbs/Shanks: Gray

Morphometric traits

Body weight: Day-old chick 41.29 gm, Adult cock 3.342 kg, hen 2.940 kg

Reproductive Traits

Age at first egg: 195 days

Production traits

Egg shell colour: Fawn

Annual egg production (numbers): 88.18±48.57

Weight of an egg: 53.39 grams

Egg shape index: 1.32

Half evisceration rate: At 24-week is 84.9% for male, and 82.06% for female

Evisceration rate: At 24-week is 75.9% for male and 73.56% for female

References

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

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