Introduction and Evaluation of Koekoek Dual Purpose Chicken Packages around Dilla Area Woreda, Gedeo Zone in SNNPR

Bekele B

Published on: 2019-12-17

Abstract

The study was conducted around Dilla area of chichu and Gola kebele at Chichu woreda, Gedio zone, SNNPR. 10 Participant farmers were selected purposively from both kebeles (5 from each kebele) on the basis of willingness to construct poultry house; to cover all the associated package costs and record the required data. under each household 50 day old koekoek dual purpose chicken were distributed that purchased from Debzeit agricultural research center and before the distribution of DOC training was arranged for those farmers about general management and introduction of breeds. The survivability of chicks using hay box brooding system under farmer’s level averagely 93.4% to the age of 24th week or on set of egg lay observed. On averagely 3.2%, 2.2.% and 1.2% mortality rate occurred at 2nd, 4th and 12th weeks of age respectively and it was a including effect of stress during the transportation from multiplication center or Debrezeith to Gedio zone and as the house hold condition i.e. preparation of brooding house, feeding and watering materials as well as hygiene of materials. This indicated the mortality rate has been decreased from first week of introduction of chickens to end of study. Generally 6.6% mortality rate or 93.4% survival rate observed in this study. Generally 6.6% mortality rate or 93.4% survival rate was observed in this study. The average weight gain also recorded using sensitive balance to evaluate growth performance. As a result, there was increasing trend of weight gain starting from initial weight to onset of egg production. So, maximum average body weight gain of koekoek chickens were 1.324kg and 1.746kg at 19th and 24th week respectively. But there was a variation b/n male and female chickens to the end of study i.e. average weight recorded were 1665gm and 1538gm male and female respectively at onset of egg production. Thesamely, average egg production and weights has been increased (18.3 to 20.6 and 44.87gm to 49.04gm) respectively to the 36th week of age. Finally, the cost benefit analysis has done and the income generated/obtained averagely in each household was 3033.6 ETB.