Modification of growth and development of muscles of poultry.

  title={Modification of growth and development of muscles of poultry.},
  author={Robert E. Ricklefs},
  journal={Poultry science},
  volume={64 8},
Growth curves of selected and unselected lines of broilers and Japanese quail show that chicks respond to selection for 8-week or 4-week body mass, respectively, by increasing the exponential growth rate during the first 2 weeks after hatching. Comparative studies indicate that growth rate varies among species of birds according to adult body mass, developmental maturity of the chick at hatching, and the postnatal growth increments of the skeletal muscles of the legs. Differentiation of tissues… CONTINUE READING

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