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Biology of Breeding Poultry


Series: Poultry Science Symposium Series Volume: 29

Edited By: P Hocking

448 pages, 44 figures/illustrations

CABI Publishing

Hardback | May 2009 | #179801 | ISBN-13: 9781845933753
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NHBS Price: £95.00 $125/€108 approx

About this book

This book reviews the biological science and background to breeding meat poultry, specifically broiler, turkey and duck. These commercial birds have been changed by genetic selection to such an extent that they are substantially different from traditional breeds and laying hens. Covering science, management and husbandry systems, this book is an essential reference for researchers and students in animal science, as well as technical staff of breeding companies and poultry meat producers.


State of the Art
1. Genetic Progress and Achievements
2. Breeder Husbandry Genetic Improvement
3. Quantitative Genetics and QTL
4. Potential of Transgenics, ESTs and PGCs
5. Sex Determination

Physiology of Reproduction
6. Endocrinology and Genetics of the HPA Axis
7. Control of Follicular Development
8. Endocrinology of Male Reproduction

Mating Behaviour and Fertility
9. Sperm Competition and Female Fertility
10. Semen Quality and Semen Storage

Incubation and Hatching
11. Broodiness and Broody Control
12. Hatching Egg and Chick Quality

Managing the Environment
13. Photoperiod and Control of Breeding
14. Behaviour in Meat Breeding Birds
15. Ratites and minor Poultry Species Nutrition of Breeding Birds
16. Feed Restriction
17. Protein and Amino Acid Responses
18. Practical Breeder Nutrition
19. Vitamins, Minerals and Micronutrients

Health and Welfare
20. Vaccination: Theory and Practice
21. Immune Protection of the Hatchling
22. Managing Current Disease Challenges

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