|Country of origin||South Africa|
|Weight||Male: 4.2 kg|
|Female: 3.6 kg|
Gallus gallus domesticus
The Potchefstroom Koekoek is a South African breed of chicken 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, White Leghorn, 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.
- "SOUTH AFRICAN COUNTRY REPORT ON FARM ANIMAL GENETIC RESOURCES". Department of Agriculture (South Africa). July 2006. p. 19. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "Potchefstroom Koekoek". Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (South Africa). Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "The indigenous poultry breeds of SA". Agricultural Research Council (South Africa). Retrieved 23 June 2011.
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