Rogelio V. Lopez Jr. | Angel L. Lambio | Renato S.A Vega | Anna Pauline O. De Guia
A total of 108raiserswere randomly sampled and interviewed using a structured questionnaire to determine the management practices in the production of native chickens in Palawan. Correlation analysis showed that the number of chickens raised was not influenced by the respondent’s socio-demographic profile. However, the number of chickens raised were positively correlated (P<0.05) with duration of raising, feed cost and number of chickens consumed. Results showed that most raised native chickens traditionally in the range and do not provide housing but feed them twice a day with farm products and by-products by broadcasting on the ground. Drinking water is provided once a day in improvised water trough without supplementation. Selection of breeder/replacement stocks and chickens for slaughter/sale is based on body size. Majority provided adequate nests and practice random mating, natural incubation and brooding. While record keeping and vaccination were never done, few respondents practice deworming, disease treatment, ethnoveterinary practices, disinfection and artificial insemination. The average number of eggs laid per clutch was 10.44 ± 1.97 while hatchability was 76.44% ± 13.48. The mean number of chicks weaned was 5.68 ± 2.06 with a percent liveability of 66.89% ± 20.20. Dead birds were disposed by burying. In addition, chickens produced were primarily for home consumption.