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Article Number - 2A6A27139306


Vol.6(10), pp. 2348-2357 , May 2011
DOI: 10.5897/AJAR11.234
ISSN: 1991-637X



Full Length Research Paper

Farmer perceptions and pathological constraints in helmeted guinea fowl farming in the Borgou department in North-East Benin


C. K. Boko1*, M. T. Kpodekon1, S. Farougou1, M. Dahouda2, A. K. I. Youssao1, G. L. Aplogan3, J. Zanou3 and J. G. Mainil4




 

1Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Ecole Polytechnique d’Abomey Calavi/ Département de Production et Santé Animales, Republic of Benin.

2Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques/ Département de Production Animale, Republic of Benin.

3Laboratoire de Diagnostic Vétérinaire et de séro-surveillance, Parakou, Republic of Bénin.

4Université de Liège, Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Département des Maladies Infectieuses et parasitaires/Bactériologie, Belgium.


Email: cyrilleboko@yahoo.fr






 Accepted: 22 April 2011  Published: 31 May 2011

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Though the raising of helmeted guinea fowl (Numida meleagris) is an important part of rural farming in West-Africa, the death rate of keets within the first two months of life reaches values higher than 50%. The aim of this study conducted in North East Benin (Borgou department) was (i) to correlate the farming systems to keet morbidity and mortality rates; and (ii) to identify non-biological and biological factors responsible for keet deaths. The scavenging farming system is the basis of guinea-fowl breeding with overnight housing in overcrowded coops and “natural” feeding/watering conditions. This farming system is therefore understandably predisposed to the onset and spread of microbial and parasitic diseases, but the mortality rate (ca. 70%) was also influenced by the monthly rainfall and the circadian rhythm of temperature. None of the clinical signs or organ lesions at necropsy was specific to any microbial or parasitic disease. Accordingly, with the exception of salmonellae, the isolated bacteria represented post-mortem invaders and/or secondary pathogens and the helminth species identified were of low pathogenicity. In conclusion, the practice of guinea fowl breeding within the scavenging system  will only be successful after improvement of hygienic parameters, such as housing, crowding, feeding, and watering conditions.

 

Key words: Guinea fowl, scavenging system, morbidity, mortality, bacteria, parasites, Benin.


APA (2011). Farmer perceptions and pathological constraints in helmeted guinea fowl farming in the Borgou department in North-East Benin. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 6(10), 2348-2357.
Chicago C. K. Boko, M. T. Kpodekon, S. Farougou, M. Dahouda, A. K. I. Youssao, G. L. Aplogan, J. Zanou and J. G. Mainil. "Farmer perceptions and pathological constraints in helmeted guinea fowl farming in the Borgou department in North-East Benin." African Journal of Agricultural Research 6, no. 10 (2011): 2348-2357.
MLA C. K. Boko, et al. "Farmer perceptions and pathological constraints in helmeted guinea fowl farming in the Borgou department in North-East Benin." African Journal of Agricultural Research 6.10 (2011): 2348-2357.
   
DOI 10.5897/AJAR11.234
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/AJAR/article-abstract/2A6A27139306

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