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Behavioural adaptation of two genetic stocks of broilers to protein/energy dietary choice

  • M. Picard (a1), P. B. Siegel (a2), P. A. Geraert (a3), G. Uzu (a3) and P. E. V. Williams (a3)...


Chickens have been selected for millenniums on their ability to select food in complex and variable environments. Artificial selection for juvenile body weight using a single balanced food might have modified the ability of chickens to adapt to a choice feeding situation (Siegel and Dunnington, 1990). However, diet selection for protein has been demonstrated in many recently published experiments (for review: Forbes and Shariatmadari, 1994).



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