Untersuchungen zur Mortalität von Legehennen gehalten in Einzel- und Gruppenkäfigen
- 1Aus dem Institut für Tierzucht und Tierhaltung mit Tierklinik der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
- 2Lohmann Tierzucht GmbH Cuxhaven, Germany
Abstract. Title of the paper: Mortality of laying hens housed in single and group cages
This study provides genetic parameters for mortality of laying hens estimated with linear and threshold models. Records of one line from a commercial breeding programme of White Leghorns from three generations were available. Data included observations of 8636 hens from single and from 6908 hens of group cages. Mortality was defined as death in the first six months of lay with dead=1 and alive=0. The average mortality was 3.3% in single and 6.3% in group cages. The binary traits were analysed separately by linear animal (LAM), by threshold animal (TAM) and by threshold sire models. Further the two mortalities were analysed together by a linear-linear animal (LLAM) and threshold-threshold animal model (TTAM). The LLAM estimates of heritability were 1.5% for single and 3.2% for group cages. The heritability estimates of TTAM ranged from 9.6% to 9.9%. The rank correlations between breeding values of LAM and TAM were for all sires, the 10% best and the 5% best sires in the range 0.96 to 1.00. The analysis of rank correlations of the linear and threshold models showed: The LLAM provides a good (but only suboptimal) alternative for breeding value estimation of mortality in the investigated laying hen population.