Korean Black Chicken (Ogol Chicken)
Sancheong, Kyeongsangnamdo, South Korea
Ogol means "black bone" in Korean. This breed's feather, meat, and bones are black in color.
Korean Native Ogol Chicken, Korean Black Chicken, Ogol Fowl
"Several poultry farms in Korea are raising Korean Native Chickens, or the Ogol Fowl. The Korean Native Chicken is believed to have been raised for almost 2,000 years. It is not easy to find pure lines, because most disappeared during World War II and the Korean War. The remainder were crossed with imported breeds. Recently, many researchers have tried to find the specific characters of this breed. The Ogol chicken is bred, not for quantity, but for quality. The native chicken grows very slowly and its egg production is poor. The price of its meat is almost five times higher than that of ordinary broilers. The Korean native chicken was not bred for meat purposes, but is adapted to backyard raising. The boom to raise this breed started after consumers began to look for good quality chicken meat.
The average body weight of the Korean Native Chicken at 14 weeks of age is 867.7g. The eviscerated carcass yield at 9-14 weeks is 74.1-78.5% for males and 73.9-77.5% for females.
In terms of body chemical composition at 14 weeks, the crude protein of Korean native chickens was 25.03-26.36% in the breast and 21.65-21.85% in the thigh, which is a little higher than the crude protein content of broilers.
The Korea Ogol fowl typically has black feathers, beak, comb, legs, bone, skin, and meat. The meat is often eaten as a folk remedy, to improve people's health. Although the meat of this breed fetches a very good price, it is not yet very popular. However, raising these two native breeds might be suitable for farmers who have only a small land area and limited resources." - Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 1992