Are Nigerian chickens more resistant to disease?
Professor Daniel Folorunso Adene, a professor of
poultry medicine in his third in the series of lectures delivered in the
University of Ibadan, held that the local Nigeria poultry population may not be
hardier after all.
In terms of ability to withstand infections and diseases, the professor
that there might not be a real difference between the foreign and indigenous
recent events on avian influenza in the indigenous population of poultry in
Nigeria were a confirmation that, "... although there is little or no doubt that
[indigenous chickens] are hardier than exotic chickens, the question of their
resistance to disease, in the strict biomedical sense, deserves empirical
According to Adene, the free-roaming chickens, ducks and other domestic
birds in the villages are constantly in contact directly and indirectly with
wild fauna, including visiting migratory birds, which contaminate and share the
fringes of the rural environment with these rural poultry production
He added that the rural poultry production environment deserves a very
special attention within a holistic bio-security concept in the management of
bird flu epidemic.
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