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Genetic improvement on feather pecking behaviour is effective

Su, Dr. Guosheng; Kjaer, Dr. Jørgen B. and Sørensen, Prof. Poul (2003) Genetic improvement on feather pecking behaviour is effective. In: Proceedings 3rd European Poultry Gebetic Symposium, p. 1.

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Summary

Long term selection of laying hens for production in cage systems could have resulted in a poor adaptation to other rearing systems. One of the problems with the poor adaptation is feather pecking. The objective of the present study was to investigate genetic variation in feather pecking behaviour and genetic improvement on this trait by selection using an appropriate data-transformation and an animal model.
Conclusions
Large phenotypic variation for feather pecking behaviour.
No full-sib group effect can be found, indicating that maternal effect is negligible.
Moderate or low heritability.
Genetic improvement on feather pecking by selection is effective.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Feather pecking, genetics, Heritability
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > II. 6 (PPS-HW) Research in poultry production systems
Deposited By: Sørensen, Poul
ID Code:1563
Deposited On:07 Oct 2003
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:28
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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