Attitude of consumers towards the possibility of avoiding the culling of male layer-type chickens: a survey on the acceptability of the derived meat products 

Evgeni Petkov1, Krasimir Dimov2, Teodora Popova1 and Maya Ignatova1
1 Agricultural Academy, Institute of Animal Science – Kostinbrod, 2232 Kostinbrod, Bulgaria
2 Agricultural Academy, Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technologies, 1407 Sofia, Bulgaria

Abstract

Petkov, E., Dimov, K., Popova, T. & Ignatova, M. (2024). Attitude of consumers towards the possibility of avoiding the culling of male layer-type chickens: a survey on the acceptability of the derived meat products. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 30(1),101–106

A pilot study as a survey about the attitude of the participants towards the widespread practice of culling male layer-type chickens was carried out. An alternative solution to the problem has been proposed by raising these birds for meat. The layer cockerels of Lohmann Brown Classic were reared in the Institute of Animal Science-Kostinbrod, Bulgaria, and slaughtered at the age of 5 and 9 weeks. Two products “Little Cockerel” (200 g) and “Big Cockerel” (900 g) were prepared from the 5 and 9 week old chickens, respectively. The opinion of the respondents was in favor of the product with the higher weight. It was further cooked and sensory evaluation was done. The volume of the production that the respondents would buy at different price ranges was determined. According to the results of the case described, we can conclude that the “Big Cockerel” test product corresponded to a greater extent to the preferences of the participants in the survey for an innovative poultry meat product. It demonstrated potential for successful market realization with maximum utilization of the product manufactured in the country.

Keywords: male layer-type chickens; survey; meat; consumers; culling

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