Variations in meat chemical composition of some captive avian species

Authors

  • Shahid Javaid1, Arshad Javid2, Umar Farooq2, Ujala Kiran2 and Tabinda Akmal2

Keywords:

Broiler chicken, Chemical composition, Pigeons, Protein content, Turkeys

Abstract

Increasing population of Pakistan puts a lot of pressure for more food production. Therefore, it
is the need of the day to explore potential of avian species for the production of quality food and inclusion in
existing meat resources. A study was conducted to analyze meat chemical composition of domestic pigeon
(Columba livia domestica), wild pigeon (Columba livia), grey francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus), broiler
chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) and turkey (Meleagris gallopavo). During the investigation, interspecific
variations in meat chemical composition were recorded. The highest moisture contents (78.52%), crude
protein contents (82.57%) and ash contents (5.34%) were recorded in the meat of the M. gallopavo, while the
highest fat contents (16.99%) were recorded in the meat samples of C. livia domestica. Monthly variations in
chemical composition of meat were also recorded during this study. The highest moisture contents were
recorded during the month of January, 2016 followed by February, 2016 and March, 2016. Similarly, the
highest protein contents were observed during the month of March, 2016 followed by February, 2016 and
January, 2016 months. The highest fat contents were recorded during March, 2016 followed by the months of
February, 2016 and January, 2016. Maximum ash contents were observed during January, 2016 followed by
the months of March, 2016 and February, 2016. It can be concluded from the present study that meat of the
turkey, grey francolin and wild and domestic pigeons may also be utilized to fulfill the protein requirements
and these species should be included into the existing poultry industry.

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Published

2023-06-05

How to Cite

Shahid Javaid1, Arshad Javid2, Umar Farooq2, Ujala Kiran2 and Tabinda Akmal2. (2023). Variations in meat chemical composition of some captive avian species. JPAA, 2(1). Retrieved from https://ojs.aiou.edu.pk/index.php/jpaa/article/view/1143

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