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Differentially expressed genes for aggressive pecking behaviour in laying hens

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  • Bart Buitenhuis
  • Jakob Hedegaard
  • Luc Janss
  • Peter Sørensen

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544
JournalBMC Genomics
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Abstract

Aggressive behaviour is an important aspect in the daily lives of animals living in groups. Aggressive animals have advantages, such as better access to food or territories, and they produce more offspring than low ranking animals. The social hierarchy in chickens is measured using the 'pecking order' concept, which counts the number of aggressive pecks given and received. To date, little is known about the underlying genetics of the 'pecking order'.

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  • Aggression, Animals, Behavior, Animal, Brain, Chickens, Female, Gene Expression Profiling, Genomics, Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis, Oviposition, Phenotype

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