STUDY OF BODY DIMENSION OF GAGAÂ’ CHICKEN, GERM PLASM OF LOCAL CHICKEN FROM SOUTH SULAWESI-INDONESIA
|Sri Rachma A.B1* , Hiroshi Harada2, Muh. Ihsan A.Dagong1, Lellah Rahim1, and Kusumandari Indah Prahesti1
|Corresponding Author: Sri Rachma A.B,Faculty of Animal Husbandry, Hasanuddin University, Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km.10, Tamalanrea, Makassar (90245), South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Phone: 0411-583111, E-mail: [email protected]|
|Received: 17 September 2013 Accepted: 24 October 2013|
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Gaga’ chicken is the local chicken at South Sulawesi that have unique, specific, and different crowing sound with the other types of crowing chicken in the world. This uniqueness of Gaga’ chicken was especially at the ending of crowing sound which is like the voice character of human laughing. Unfortunately, the scientific information of the phenotypic description and morphological traits of Gaga’ chicken was limited. This study was carried out to determine some body dimensions of Gaga’ chicken and to demonstrate the correlations between these body measurements and live weight for providing more accurate data that can be used in breeding and development of Gaga’ chicken as one of the ornamental chicken in Indonesia. The body measurement parameters, which were recorded from 57 birds Gaga’ chicken, were body weight, shank length, shank circumference, drumstick length, thight lenght, keel length, chest girth, breast width, body length, wing length, beak width, and comb height. The measurement were using weight scale, metric line, and caliper. Some body dimensions of Gaga’ chicken were similar to Kampong chicken except shank circumference, drumstick length, wing length, and comb height of Gaga’ chicken tended to be larger. The correlation coefficient range between body dimensions of Gaga’ chicken were low to high (0.171 to 0.710). Highest correlation was shown between body weight and chest girth and that result can be choosed as one of the selection criteria of Gaga’ chicken.