PATTERN OF HOUSING SYSTEMS AND PERFORMANCE OF BROILER BREEDER PARENT STOCKS KEPT IN RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD
A survey was carried out on economic efficiency of broiler breeder parent stock (BBPS) to know their housing pattern, production, hatching capabilities of eggs, investment on land, building, equipments and machinery, transport, feed and medicine, by interviewing of randomly selected 25 BBPS farmer in and around Rawalpindi and Islamabad area from August at October, 2002. Results show that two systems of housing were mostly used i.e. environmentally controlled (CH, 13 farms) and open (OH, 12 farms) housing by using deep rice husk litter. Both CH and OH systems result indicates that day old birds purchased (10239 vs. 5559) and hen housed (9486 vs. 5099) per farm were tend to be significant, respectively. Significantly better peak egg production was observed in CH than OH, for (84.9 vs. 82.0 %), Light (16.7 vs. 16.3 hr/24 hr), farm covered area (33649 vs. 16990 sqft/farm), respectively. However, both number of bird purchased and hen housed at each farm, mortality during various period, lighting hours/24 hrs, average farm covered area, hatchability rate, found non –significant respectively. It was concluded that for broiler breeder parent stock CH was more profitable then OH, irrespective of any strain.