Naked neck and frizzle genes for improving chickens raised under high ambient temperature: I. Growth performance and egg production
Abstract, World's Poultry Science Journal, 2013
High ambient temperatures in tropical and subtropical regions adversely affect the growth and egg productive performance of both broiler and laying chickens. Relative humidity and ventilation rate influences bird's performance, particularly when they are reared in open sided poultry houses. Genetic approaches that aid in reducing or altering the extent of plumage cover has, as a result, been adopted in many hot regions. Fortunately, there are some major and marker genes can reduce the deleterious effects of heat stress, naked neck (Na) and frizzle (F) genes being the most notable ones. The bulk of relevant literature has shown that their favourable effects on growth and laying performance are well established. Therefore, the naked neck and frizzle genes can be a viable alternative for broiler and layer production particularly, in the tropical countries where summer temperatures are very high.
Keywords : Turken