Towards conservation of omani local chicken: Phenotypic characteristics, management practices and performance traits

B. Al-Qamashoui, O. Mahgoub, I. Kadim, E. Schlecht

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Abstract

Characterizing local chicken types and their mostly rural production systems is prerequisite for designing and implementing development and conservation programs. This study evaluated the management practices of small-scale chicken keepers and the phenotypic and production traits of their chickens in Oman, where conservation programs for local livestock breeds have currently started. Free-range scavenging was the dominant production system, and logistic regression analysis showed that socio-economic factors such as training in poultry keeping, household income, income from farming and gender of chicken owners influenced feeding, housing, and health care practices (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-777
Number of pages11
JournalAsian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Animal Genetic Resources
  • Egg Production
  • Rural Smallholders
  • Scavenging System
  • Task Division

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Food Science

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