Open Access Review Article Article ID: IJVSR-5-140

    Exotic chicken production performance, status and challenges in Ethiopia

    Tewodros Alemneh* and Mebrate Getabalew

    Poultry is the largest group of livestock species in the world in which chickens largely dominate the fl ock composition. The poultry sector in Ethiopia can be characterized into three major production systems based on selected parameters like breed, fl ock size, housing, feeding, health, technology, biosecurity and others. These are large scale commercial, small scale commercial and village poultry production systems. The majority of chicken production systems remain as village production which consists of the indigenous breeds widely. Attempts have been made to introduce different exotic poultry breeds to small holder farming systems of Ethiopia to improve the existing low performance of indigenous chickens. The egg production potential of local chickens is between 30-60 eggs per year/hen with an average weight of 38g each under village management condition. However, exotic breeds produce around 250 eggs per year/hen each weighing around 60g in Ethiopia.


    Published on: Jul 15, 2019 Pages: 39-45

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/ijvsr.000040
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