Biology of Breeding Poultry
Breeding refers to mating poultry for eithermaintaining/increasing the current flock or for selecting specificindividuals for improvement in one or more characteristics (e.g.,for size, weight, egg production, meat quality, behaviour, plumage,comb type, or a combination of factors). An understanding ofgeneral poultry genetics genetics is important before starting abreeding program. In order to identify chicks wing or leg bands canbe used as well as notching the toes. When selection has beenaccurate, when mating up has given good, fertile eggs, whenhatching has produced strong, healthy chicks, when rearing hasbrought those pictures in books to life, now may be the time toseek comparison with other like stock. Successful programmes mustincorporate both quantitative and biological considerations and beclosely aligned with market requirements. The industrial nature ofpoultry breeding has a large impact on genetic development. Thisbook reviews the biological science and background to breeding meatpoultry, specifically broiler, turkey and duck.