Effects of mating sex ratios in Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) on production performance at Wildlife Research Institute, Faisalabad (Pakistan)

Document Type: Short paper

Authors

1 Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Faculty of Science and Technology, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan

2 M. Phil. Zoology, Punjab Wildlife Department, Lahore, Pakistan

3 College of Agriculture, Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan

4 Department of Poultry Science, Faculty of Animal Husbandry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

5 Department of Zoology and Fisheries, Faculty of Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Abstract

Effects of mating sex ratios on production performance in Indian peafowl were investigated at Punjab
Wildlife Research Institute, Gatwala Faisalabad. Research was conducted from May through August 2007 to
explore the most productive mating sex ratio. The sex ratios have a significant effect on egg production.
Maximum mean eggs (1.63) were produced by the sex ratio 1:2 while maximum egg fertility (79.63%) and
hatchability (61.59%) was noted in the sex ratio 1:3. Sex ratios had a significant effect on egg weight. Sex
ratios have shown no effect (except number of mountings) on courtship behavior of peafowl. Statistically less
feed was consumed by sex ratio 1:3 and better feed conversion was shown by sex ratio 1:1

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