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The study described here deals with the quantification of the genetic variation of "residual feed consumption" (RFC) of hens of a White Leghorn population during a 44-wk laying period (20 to 64 wk of age) in 11 time segments of 4 wk each, fed either a commercial or a low-energy diet (11.7 and 10.0 MJ ME/kg, respectively, where 1 MJ = .239 Mcal). The RFC is(More)
A large fraction (on average, 25%) of the variance of daily feed consumption among individual laying hens appears unaccounted for by a model with metabolic body weight, daily egg mass production, and body weight gain as independent variables. This unexplained term is referred to as "residual feed consumption" (RFC), defined operationally as the difference(More)
1. From each of two populations of White Leghorn laying hens, 6 'efficient' and 6 'inefficient' hens were used in energy metabolism studies involving indirect calorimetry with activity measurement. 2. Hens classified as efficient or inefficient with respect to residual food consumption had comparable body weight and production. 3. Efficient and inefficient(More)
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