Journal of Food Science and Technology (ISSN: 2141-5455) Vol. 8(8) pp. 132-137, November , 2017. DOI: http:/ Copyright © 2017 International Research Journals


Full Length Research Paper

Sensory attributes and quality of meat in improved indigenous chicken fed on Prosopis juliflora pods in Kenya

Duncan Maina Wanjohi1, *, Anthony Macharia King’ ori2, *, Ann Mumbi Wachira3, Abdi Yakub Guliye2 and Peninah  Njiraine  Ngoda4

1Animal Health and Industry Training Institute, P.O. Box 20300-1, Nyahururu, Kenya

2Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University, P.O. Box 536-20115, Egerton, Kenya

3 Poultry Unit-Non-Ruminant Research Institute (NRI), Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, P.O. Box 25-Naivasha, Kenya

4 Dairy and Food Science and Technology Department, Egerton University, Egerton-536, Kenya

*Corresponding Authors Email: Tel: +254-720-614885

Received  November 2, 2017; Accepted November 23, 2017



Evaluation ofthe sensory and meat quality was performed on Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) improved chicken (KIC) fed on diets incorporated with ground Prosopis juliflora pods (GPJP.  Breast and thigh samples were obtained from chicken fed on GPJP-based diets substituting whole diet at 0% (PJP-0), 10 % (PJP-10), 20% (PJP-20) and 30 % (PJP-30). Organoleptic characteristics were evaluated using questionnaires for attribute profiling and affective tests using trained and miniature consumer panels. Continuous anchored attribute scales and hedonic scale were used for sensory tests while meat quality was determined by Honikel method. Increasing the levels of GPJP had similar effect on Breast pH but PJP-20 had higher pH than cockerels offered PJP-0 and PJP-10 and pullets offered PJP-30.  At 14th day, pullet meat from PJP-0 had lower water holding capacity as compared to all other samples apart from cockerel samples from the same treatment.  Pullets offered PJP-0 performed better in thigh and breast. In general acceptability (GA), 6.9% and 12.33% could be attributed to the effect of GPJP in thigh and breast in pullet and cockerel samples respectively.  Results indicate that cockerels’ meat had more favorable sensory effect than pullets’ meat. Inclusion of 20% of GPJP in diet could be used to feed chicken while at the same time maintaining high quality meat desired by the consumers.


Key words: chicken, meat quality, Prosopis juliflora, sensory evaluation