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Weining Chicken

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Country: China

Home Tract: Weining Prefecture, Guizhou Province.

Morphological characters

Body: Moderate body size. Tight constitution. Symmetric body structure.

Body Plumage: Compact plumage. Male: Surface colour is reddish yellow. Bay neck, breast, back or wing feather. Black primaries, secondary, abdomen feathers, tail feathers. Female: major surface colour is yellow, black takes second place.

Combs: Male - Single upright comb. Female - single comb with crest, minority have rose comb.

Limbs/Shanks: Black

Feet: Black

Morphometric traits

Body weight: Birth weight is 33.2 gm, Cock 2.4 kg, hen 1.9 kg

Production traits

Egg shell colour: White is the most common

Annual egg production (numbers): 70-120

Weight of an egg: 55 grams

Half evisceration rate: 81% for male and 72% for female

Evisceration rate: At adult is 70% for male and 66% for female

Remarks: It is local varieties of alpine mountains, grazing all day and in the extensive feeding and management conditions, has a production performance and unique resistance. There is no field of conservation, protection should be established as soon as possible the population, strengthen the protection and breeding of the species.

References

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

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