Comparing slow-growing chickens produced by two- and three-way crossings with commercial genotypes. 2. Carcass quality and blood parameters

Sarica M., Yamak U. S. , Turhan S., Boz M. A. , Saricaoglu F. T. , Altop A.

EUROPEAN POULTRY SCIENCE, vol.78, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 78
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1399/eps.2014.30
  • Keywords: Broiler, slow growth, carcass, blood parameters, meat composition, meat quality, meat color, ROUGE PRODUCTION SYSTEMS, 3 TURKEY GENOTYPES, MEAT QUALITY, FREE-RANGE, GROWTH-PERFORMANCE, STOCKING DENSITIES, OUTDOOR ACCESS, RAISED INDOORS, TRAITS, SLAUGHTER


This study examined live weight, carcass traits, meat quality and blood parameters of slow-and medium-growing chickens at 84 days of age and compared them with those of commercial slow-and fast-growing genotypes. A total of 2,240 chicks were used in the study. Day-old chicks were wing-banded, and 280 mixed male and female chicks from each genotype were randomly allocated to one of four 1.7 x 3 m compartments. At 84 days of age, 10 males and 10 females per genotype from each compartment were slaughtered, and the following characteristics were evaluated: slaughter weight and carcass traits; meat pH, color values (L* a* b*), water-holding capacity (WHC), chemical composition and texture, blood-serum parameters.