Kadaknath chicken

  • Kadaknath chicken breed is unique for its black colour due to its black-feathers.
  • Its black colour stems from the deposition of melanin pigment.
  • This breed of chicken is popular for its adaptability and flavourful good-tasting black meat, which is believed to have medicinal properties.
  • It is native tribal districts of Jhabua, Alirajpur and parts of Dhar in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Kadaknath chicken contains 25-27% of protein in comparison with other breeds of chickens that contain 18% protein.
  • It is also known for its high iron content.
  • It has fat and cholesterol content lower compared with other chicken breeds.
  • Due to this special characteristics, Kadaknath chicken’s chicks and eggs are sold at much higher rate than other varieties of chicken.
  • This chicken breed is very popular among local tribal people mainly due to its adaptability to the local environment, disease resistance, meat quality, texture and flavour.

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  • Why in news? It has been granted GI tag. The GI tag will ensure that no one else can use name Kadaknath Chicken while selling any other black chicken.

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