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Swine Nutrition and Feed Technology
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2006;19(3): 438-443.
https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.2006.438    Published online February 1, 2006.
Caponization Effects on Growth Performance and Lipid Metabolism in Taiwan Country Chicken Cockerels nchu.edu.tw
Kuo-Lung Chen, Tseng-Yueh Hsieh, Peter Wen-Shyg Chiou*
Correspondence:  Peter Wen-Shyg Chiou,
This trial was designed to study the caponization effects on the appearance, carcass characteristics, blood constituents and lipid metabolism of Taiwan country chicken cockerels. Cockerels were caponized at 8 weeks of age. Sixteen-week-old chickens, including 10 capons, 5 slips (incomplete caponized male chickens) and 20 normal chickens of equal sexes were selected for a 10 week ad libitum feeding trial. Results showed that the testosterone concentrations in the capons and females were lower (p<0.05) than that of intact males. The comb length, height and weights were also lower (p<0.05). The weight of the slips was between that of the capons and intact males, but was heavier (p<0.05) than that of the capon. The live-weight, carcass weight and shank perimeter in the capons were higher than those of the other groups (p<0.05). Hepatic lipogenic enzyme activity analyses showed that NADP-malic dehydrogenase (MDH) activity in the capons and female chickens was higher than that in intact male chickens (p<0.05). The MDH activity in the slips was between that for the capon and intact male chickens (p>0.05). The abdominal fat weight and relative abdominal fat weight of the capons and females were heavier than that for intact males (p<0.05); the slips were between the capons and intact males. The blood lipid content results showed that the triacylglycerol and cholesterol in the capons were higher than that for intact males (p<0.05). However, the percentage of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) was lower than that in intact male chickens (p<0.05). It appears that the increase in lipid accumulation in caponized male chickens is attributed mainly to an increase in MDH activity and the changes in lipid transportation in the capons. nchu.edu.tw
Keywords: Taiwan Country Chickens; Caponization; Capon; Slip; Lipid Metabolism

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