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Conference paper, 2005

Diet x genotype interactions in different housing systems for laying hens

Elwinger, Klas


Some recent research of nutrition of laying hens in different housing systems is discussed. Causes of variation in productivity, mortality rate and cannibalism rate in aviaries revealed a strong effect of genotype and in brown birds differences may occur between beak-trimmed and intact hens. Diet x genotype interactions seem preferably to influence health criteria, whereas genotypes tend to react similar what concerns production characteristics. The content of insoluble fibre in the diet may influence feather-pecking behaviour, and oats has been shown to decrease the risk of feather-pecking whereas wheat had the opposite effect. In a “semi”-organic environment genotypes was found to behave significant differently to variations in the diet’s methionine content and methionine supplementation preferably improved health criteria and less production in number of eggs

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Publisher: The Hungarian Branch of WPSA


Fifth European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition

Authors' information

Elwinger, Klas
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

UKÄ Subject classification

Animal and Dairy Science
Veterinary Science

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