Native chicken still needs caring: PCAARRD
Just because the chicken is native and free-range does not mean it should be left to completely fend for themselves.
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) said native chicken should be given supplemental feeding and should have access to edible vegetation to augment natural feeds.
Supplemental feeding using farm-mixed ration is usually done in the morning and afternoon to enhance the birds’ homing instinct.
To give the chickens the needed nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, fats and oils, and vitamins and minerals, forages like carabao grass, pinto peanut, Madre de Agua, Guinea grass, signal grass, entrosema, gabi, malunggay, Azolla and duckweeds should be planted within their range.
Kitchen waste and farm by-products could also be used.
PCAARRD said native chicken constitutes 46 percent of the 76 million total chicken population. Many prefer them because of their distinct flavor and texture.