Nigerian Experts Develop Tougher, More Productive Chickens

A team of Nigerian experts backed by the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) in Nigeria developed a disease-resistant breed of chicken with higher egg output.

ACGG is an Africa-wide collaboration led by the International Livestock Research Institute that seeks to increase access of poor smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to high-producing, locally adapted and appropriate chicken strains.

The project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation intends to test multiple improved breeds/strains of chicken to demonstrate high-production potential under low-input systems.

After employing the science’s ‘6 genetics’ over a two-year period, the team developed a new breed of chicken that has a high yield of egg production than the local breed.

The six genetics produces up to about 200 eggs annually while the local breed produces less than 65 annually. The common adult size for a local breed is 1kg at 20 weeks while the new breed of chicken weighs 3kg at 20 weeks.

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