Genetic Selection, management and Behavior. Prof. W. M. Muir (Purdue University)

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Stella Jane Stella Jane
Rabbit farmer
October 7, 2014

I have been using genetic selection with my satin rabbits for over 20 years.

Recently, I started a genetic selection process to increase the body size of my fantastic Amerauracana hen who produced 300 eggs a year for four years on pasture and sprouted grains. She is still alive in her fifth year, now only laying Spring and Fall. What I did was bring in a barnvelder Rooster then the next year crossed an Ameraucana rooster on six new Barnvelder pullets. The first birds crossed produced vigorous chicks on the ground without a hen at 20 days old. 40 degree night temperature in a protected unheated unlit pen. Some roosters that started breeding at four months. A few hens that layed eggs at 4.7 mos.

The combination of correctly selecting the heavy weight birds, and the lowered amount /cost of feed by sprouting the black oil sunflower, wheat and oats was calmer birds on 1/3 volume of feed.

Please my question about genetic selection: Do you have other varieties of chickens that you have done similar "out-crossings" and produced good results?

Appreciate knowing how to find the data, thank you. *J

Tarusenga Munyanyi Tarusenga Munyanyi
Animal health technologist
November 14, 2014
yes it increase heterosity and fast growing animals that leady to enough supply meat on the market reducing malnutrition in humans
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