Stochastic model of egg production in broiler breeders

R Alvarez, P M Hocking

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A stochastic model was developed to simulate the egg production of broiler breeders in response to changes in BW. The first step involved the construction of a diagram incorporating dependent and independent variables and their relationships to ovulation rate and egg production from 8 equations based on experimental results. The model was based on existing experimental data, and stochastic processes were invoked for 4 input parameters. Egg production curves and total egg production were simulated using inputs from a management manual, commercial trial data, and experimental results and were compared with actual rates of lay. The correlations between observed and predicted egg production were high (R(2) = 0.93 to 0.98). The assumptions made in developing the model were described and gaps in biological knowledge were identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1445-52
Number of pages8
JournalPoultry Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • Aging
  • Animals
  • Body Weight
  • Chickens
  • Eggs
  • Female
  • Male
  • Models, Biological
  • Oviposition
  • Ovum
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Stochastic Processes


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