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Effect of dwarf (dw) and frizzle (f) genes on the performance of layers under Senegalese conditions



Effect of dwarf (dw) and frizzle (f) genes on the performance of layers under Senegalese conditions



Tropical Animal Health and Production 35(4): 373-380



The influence of sex-linked dwarf (dw) and incompletely dominant frizzle (F) genes on growth, egg production and quality were investigated. The experimental stock comprised 100 chicks of four genotypes: normal feathered, normal size (ffDw): normal feathered, dwarf (ffdw); frizzle, normal size (FfDw); and frizzle, dwarf (Ffdw). The dwarf gene reduced the body weight, shank length, feed intake, egg production and egg weight. The frizzle gene also reduced most of these traits, except for egg production, the interaction between the two genes being positive only for growth traits and egg number. Neither of the two genes significantly influenced egg quality. It was concluded that the dwarf gene may have some practical interest in tropical environments, while more needs to be known about the frizzle gene.

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PMID: 14509543

DOI: 10.1023/a:1025149523151



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