Effects of stocking density and group size on the performance of white and brown Hyline layers in semi-arid conditions

K. Benyi, D. Norris, P. M. Tsatsinyane

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Abstract

The effect of housing two Hyline strains of commercial laying hens White Hyline (W-98) and Brown Hyline (Hyline Brown) at densities of 2, 3 or 4 per cage (1100, 733 or 550 cm2/hen, respectively) was investigated over 3 months. Hyline Brown layers gained more weight, laid more but lighter eggs, utilized feed more efficiently and had a lower mortality than W-98 layers. Housing birds 2 or 3 per cage resulted in greater body weight gain, higher egg production, heavier eggs, better feed conversion ratio and a lower mortality than housing them 4 per cage. There were significant interactions between strain and stocking density for egg production, egg weight, egg output and mortality. It is suggested that for egg production in semi-arid areas Hyline Brown hens could be used and housed at a density of 733 cm2/hen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-624
Number of pages6
JournalTropical Animal Health and Production
Volume38
Issue number7-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2006

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semiarid zones
group size
stocking rate
Ovum
egg production
hens
cages
Eggs
Mortality
egg weight
laying hens
feed conversion
Weights and Measures
weight gain
body weight
birds
Weight Gain
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  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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In: Tropical Animal Health and Production, Vol. 38, No. 7-8, 01.10.2006, p. 619-624.

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