Vol. 7 No. 2
Status of backyard and small scale poultry Production to sustainable livelihood- A Case study
Author(s): M. K. DEBNATH, D. MAJUMDER AND P.K. DAS
Abstract: Backyard chicken production is a subsistence activity, providing eggs and meat for family consumption and, to some extent, cash income. The survey work was taken up in selected villages of 33 Gram panchayets in three blocks of 24 Parganas (South). The study reveals that the birds are seldom kept for production beyond a period of two years. Households consume about 55.60±3.10%, sell 28.50±0.60% eggs laid and remaining 15.90±2.88% eggs are used for hatching purpose. Average hatchability was 72.22% in the present study. The annual average of eggs used for hatching by a household was 48.17±6.90. The mortality rate during outbreak is often more in case of adult fowl (13.07±2.77%) as compared to chicks (12.86±1.65%). The average annual frequency of egg setting was 3.08±1.42. 36.13±6.47% farmer prefer winter season for setting of eggs..
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