Potchefstroom Koekoek

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Potchefstroom Koekoek
Conservation status Vulnerable
Other names None
Nicknames Potch Koekoek
Country of origin South Africa
Weight Male: 4.2 kg
  Female: 3.6 kg
Skin color Yellow
Egg color Brown
Comb type Red
Gallus gallus domesticus

The Potchefstroom Koekoek is a South African breed of chicken[1] developed in the 1960s at the Potchefstroom Agricultural College in the city of Potchefstroom by Professor Chris Marais. It was developed by cross breeding a number of other breeds like Black Australorp,[2] White Leghorn,[2] and Barred Plymouth Rock to obtain specific characteristics of each, making the resulting breed more suitable to Southern African conditions.

The breed was intended as an excellent dual purpose, free ranging chicken with excellent laying capabilities as well as a very large structure for meat production. Pure Koekoeks have an exclusive black-and-white barred appearance, with the chicks sexable soon after hatching due to unique gender markings. Potchefstroom koekoeks are also known for maintaining good egg production, even with poor quality or insufficient feeding.[3]

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