Effect of genotype on body weight and average feed intake of f locally-adapted turkey of Nigeria

Authors

  • R. J. Nosike Michael Okpara University of Agriculture
  • R. O. Igwe Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria.
  • C. N. Okocha Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria
  • E. C. Inyang Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Ebonyi StateNigeria
  • O. F. Nwakpu Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
  • D. N. Onunkwo Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
  • J. C. Ezike Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51791/njap.v44i4.576

Keywords:

local turkey, genotype, average daily feed intake, bodyweight

Abstract

 A total of 78 day-old Random-bred Nigerian local turkey poults were used as parent stock to generate 232, 1 day-old poults ( ) used in the evaluation of the Nigerian local turkey phenotypes based on egg quality parameters. Three phenotypic classes (black, white and spotted) were obtained as base population and used to generate F progeny for the study. Experimental design for the experiment was a Completely Randomized Design (CRD) with phenotypic class as major factor of interest. Results showed that Initial body weights were 62.39g, 62.56g and 62.43g in black, white and spotted respectively, whereas final body weights were 2761.25g, 2586g and 2697.58g in black, white and spotted respectively, and differed significantly (p<0.05) in weeks 13 and 17 with the heaviest weight in black phenotype. Therewas no significant difference (p>0.05) in bodyweights of the phenotypes in all other weeks. With the exception of weeks 3 and 13 in which there were significant differences (p<0.05), there was no significant difference (p>0.05) in average daily feed intake (ADFI) in all other weeks. It was therefore, concluded that for rapid improvement of these traits, the black variety could be used to enhance growth of Nigerian local turkeys in the study area. The present findings could assist in the design of long-term genetic improvement programmes for turkey production in Nigeria.

Author Biographies

R. J. Nosike, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture

College of Animal Science and Animal Production

R. O. Igwe, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria.

Department of Animal Science,

C. N. Okocha, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria

Department of Animal Science

E. C. Inyang, Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Ebonyi StateNigeria

Department of Animal Production Technology

O. F. Nwakpu, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria

College of Animal Science and Animal Production

D. N. Onunkwo, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria

College of Animal Science and Animal Production

J. C. Ezike, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria.

College of Animal Science and Animal Production

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2020-12-27

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