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In situ and ex situ assessment of a native Hungarian chicken breed for its potential conservation and adaptation in the subtropics

K. D. T. Dong Xuan A B , T. N. Lan Phuong A B D , P. D. Tien C , P. T. M. Thu C , N. Q. Khiem C , D. T. Nhung C , N. T. Muoi C , N. T. K. Oanh C , P. T. K. Thanh C and I. T. Szalay A B
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A Research Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation (HaGK), H-2100 Godollo, Hungary.

B Association of Hungarian Small Animal Breeders for Gene Conservation (MGE), H-2100 Godollo, Hungary.

C Thuy Phuong Poultry Research Centre (POREC), Tu Liem, Hanoi, Vietnam.

D Corresponding author. Email: phuong@hagk.hu

Animal Production Science 57(5) 975-980 https://doi.org/10.1071/AN15767
Submitted: 2 November 2015  Accepted: 19 February 2016   Published: 3 June 2016

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the adaptation and possible ex situ conservation in a subtropical region of the Partridge coloured Hungarian (PH), a native Hungarian chicken breed, by monitoring and comparing the performance of two PH flocks reared in parallel in Hungary (HU) and Vietnam (VN). The high survival rate (95.0–96.5%), overall productivity and reproductive ability of the VN flock confirmed the adaptation potential of PH chickens to subtropical climates. A relatively good bodyweight (1412 ± 13.8 g) and slaughter yield (75.6 ± 0.02% eviscerated carcass and 28.2 ± 0.12% deboned thigh meat) in male VN birds at 12 weeks of age was obtained. Moreover, it was found that benefits such as the number of eggs (112 eggs/layer in 7 months) and egg mass (6.1 kg/layer) alongside considerably higher fertility (85.9 ± 2.9%) and hatchability (82.0 ± 3.2%) of VN layers could outweigh their reduced egg size. As a result, the study confirms that the adaptation and maintenance of populations in subtropical regions is a promising agro-ecological way to protect native Hungarian chicken breeds and improve their involvement in production.

Additional keywords: animal production, subtropical, tropical poultry production.


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