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MENDEZ, Y.; PONS, A.  and  FRANCESCH, A.. Comparison of zoometric measurements in Balearic hens. Arch. zootec. [online]. 2011, vol.60, n.231, pp.445-448. ISSN 1885-4494.

A total of 26 head and body measurements and 8 indexes have been taken in 42 hens of each Balearian breed: Ibizan, Minorca and Majorcan. These hens have been bred in standard conditions. The results have shown that Ibizan has been the heaviest one, and the one which has scored the longest cranium and keel of sternum too. Furthermore it has also reported a higher tarsus diameter. Minorca has achieved the highest eye and wattle length and the biggest comb and ear lobes, the longest neck, back, tail, folding wing and thigh and the biggest ornithological measure and wingspan. Majorcan is the lightest one and it has scored minor values. Ibizan hen has obtained a higher cranium and ear lobe index. Minorca has scored the higher value for the wattle index and Majorcan has achieved a bigger comb index. Majorcan hen showed the lower chest index.

Keywords : Body measurements; Head measurements; Body indexes; Poultry.

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