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Xinghua Chicken, Mizhi

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Country: China

Home Tract: Fengkai County, Guangdong Province

Morphological characters

Body: Small sized, compact conformation, symmetry structure; narrow fore-body and wide rear-body. Major typical body conformation can be summarized as: “two slim”(slim head, slim foot), “three yellow”, “and three short” (short neck, short body shape, short foot). Day-old chick has “three yellow” characteristics and buff plumage.

Body Plumage: Dense fur. In cocks, the feather is golden for cock and black in the primary and tail. In hen the feather is yellow or golden for hen and some black mottles on the neck. There are several black feathers among the tail feather.

Head: Big sized in cock, small in hen.

Combs: Large up-right, bright red in cocks; single, red in hen

Wattles: Bright red in cocks

Ear lobe colour: Bright red comb in cocks

Beak: Short with yellow coloured in hen

Feet: Yellow in cocks

Morphometric traits

Body weight: Cock 1.950 kg, hen 1.590 kg

Reproductive Traits

Age at first egg: 150 days

Production traits

Egg shell colour: Brown

Annual egg production (numbers): 95

Weight of an egg: 45 grams

Half evisceration rate: At 112 days is 79% for male and 76.0% for female

Evisceration rate: At 112 days is 74.7% for the male and 70.0% for female

References

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

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