Biology of Breeding Poultry Poultry Science Symposium Series

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 comprehensive text provides the most up to date collection of papers on the topic from a range of international experts.


Table of Contents
  • I: State of the Art
  • 1: Genetic Progress and Achievements
  • 2: Breeder Husbandry
  • II: Genetic Improvement
  • 3: Quantitative Genetics and QTL
  • 4: Potential of Transgenics, ESTs and PGCs
  • 5: Sex Determination
  • III: Physiology of Reproduction
  • 6: Endocrinology and Genetics of the HPA Axis
  • 7: Control of Follicular Development
  • 8: Endocrinology of Male Reproduction
  • IV: Mating Behaviour and Fertility
  • 9: Sperm Competition and Female Fertility
  • 10: Semen Quality and Semen Storage
  • V: Incubation and Hatching
  • 11: Broodiness and Broody Control
  • 12: Hatching Egg and Chick Quality
  • VI: Managing the Environment
  • 13: Photoperiod and Control of Breeding
  • 14: Behaviour in Meat Breeding Birds
  • 15: Ratites and minor Poultry Species
  • VII: Nutrition of Breeding Birds
  • 16: Feed Restriction
  • 17: Protein and Amino Acid Responses
  • 18: Practical Breeder Nutrition
  • 19: Vitamins, Minerals and Micronutrients
  • VIII: Health and Welfare
  • 20: Vaccination: Theory and Practice
  • 21: Immune Protection of the Hatchling
  • 22: Managing Current Disease Challenges

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