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Chicken Management Systems and Egg Production in Delta State Nigeria

B.O. Ovwigho1, L. Bratte2 and J.O. Isikwenu
1Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, 2Department of Animal Science and Fisheries, Delta State University, Asaba Campus, Asaba, Nigeria
Abstract :

The study was necessitated by the need to stir the minds of chicken egg producers towards
adopting the best chicken management system. The extensive system of rearing chicken for egg is old and
still remained the most popular in the study area. Commercial eggs production was carried out on a large
scale by the few farmers who practiced the intensive (battery cage) chicken management system. A
significant (p < 0.05) and high degree of positive relationship (r = 0.70) was found between chicken
management system and level of egg production. Majority of the farmers would require general education,
fund and technical training in poultry production to enable them adopt the intensive (battery cage)
management system of rearing chickens for egg production. Mostly local chickens were reared under the
extensive system. No matter the popularity, the extensive system of rearing chickens lacks the potential for
increased egg production. Egg protein is regarded as luxury to the extent that children who consume eggs
are regarded as thieves among most of the poor in Nigeria. More poultry farmers need to embrace the
intensive (battery cage) system in order to meet the egg protein needs of the people of Delta State, Nigeria.

Keywords :
Chicken, management system, egg, production level, delta state, Nigeria

Date Deposited : 05 Jul 2011 09:54

Last Modified : 05 Jul 2011 09:54

Official URL: http://www.pjbs.org/ijps/ijps.htm

Volume 8, Number 1, - 2009 , ISSN 1682-8356

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