Effects of body weight at sexual maturity and the degree and age of restriction during rearing on the ovarian follicular hierarchy of broiler breeder females

Paul M Hocking

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Abstract

1. Groups of 18 birds were reared to 10 different body weight targets in a randomised block experiment to assess the effect of body weight and the degree and age of restriction on ovarian function at first egg. 2. There was no effect of age at restriction (15 to 18 compared with 19 to 22 weeks) on the number of yellow follicles. 3. The treatment with the larger body weight of two groups given the same degree of restriction (maintenance) had more follicles than the treatment which had a smaller body weight. 4. There was a positive linear relationship between the number of yellow follicles and body weight and food intake. Addition of the weight of fat or age at first egg to the model increased the residual mean squares. 5. The proportion of atresia among yellow follicles and the incidence of internal ovulation increased with body weight at first egg. 6. It was concluded that the physiological processes occurring during rearing which underlie ovarian function are reflected solely in the body weight and food intake of broiler breeders at first egg.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-801
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Poultry Science
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1993

Keywords

  • Aging/physiology
  • Animals
  • Body Weight
  • Chickens/physiology
  • Female
  • Ovarian Follicle/physiology
  • Sexual Maturation/physiology

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