Farming and Agriculture

improved Indigenous Fowl HITCARI

25 June 2023, New Delhi: Hitcari birds have been developed by crossing the Indian native Naked neck with the exotic breed CARI Red.  The neck region is devoid of feathers and there is a reduction of 30 to 40% of feathers on the body. The reduction in feathers helps in internal heat dissipation which increases the tropical adaptability due to which there is no reduction in egg production and eggshell thickness during extreme summer. There is a decrease in heat stress mortality, an increase in fertility and hatchability during summer, and the protein requirement for juvenile growth is reduced.  These birds are very suitable for rearing in the hot humid coastal region.

Production Characteristics

Body weight at 20 weeks (Males)1756 g
Body weight at 20 weeks (Females)1320 g
Age at sexual maturity178 days
Annual egg production200
Egg weight at 40 weeks61 g
Hatchability (FES)81%
Production Characteristics

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