uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Plumage color and feather pecking--behavioral differences associated with PMEL17 genotypes in chicken (Gallus gallus)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
2007 (English)In: Behavior Genetics, ISSN 0001-8244, E-ISSN 1573-3297, Vol. 37, no 2, 399-407 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An F 5 generation of an advanced inter-cross between red junglefowl (wild-type) and White Leghorn (domesticated) was used to investigate earlier findings suggesting that a mutation in the plumage color gene PMEL17 protects against victimization to feather pecking (FP). F 4 parents were selected according to genotype to produce PMEL17 homozygous offspring (i/i and I/I respectively). Birds were raised and their behavior recorded in groups of either two wild-type i/i (dark colored) and one white I/I, or two I/I and one i/i. In addition each bird was tested for feather preference, reaction to novelty, open-field activity, fear for humans, and tonic-immobility. In the home-pens, i/i birds were more feather pecked and had poorer feather condition than I/I birds. No pecking preference for immobile dark colored feathers was observed. In the open-field test i/i birds vocalized more and earlier than I/I birds, and in the fear-for-human test I/I birds had higher activity at 21 weeks of age. No other behavior differences were observed, but clearly, genotypes of PMEL17 affected some aspects of behavior. Such behavioral differences might be important aspects of the mechanism which predispose i/i individuals for being victims of FP.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 37, no 2, 399-407 p.
Keyword [en]
Fear, Feather pecking, Melanin, Open field, PMEL17, Silver
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-15817DOI: 10.1007/s10519-006-9125-0ISI: 000245407100013PubMedID: 17106652OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-15817DiVA: diva2:43588
Available from: 2008-03-06 Created: 2008-03-06 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textPubMed

Authority records BETA

Andersson, Leif

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Andersson, Leif
By organisation
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology
In the same journal
Behavior Genetics
Medical and Health Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
pubmed
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
pubmed
urn-nbn
Total: 679 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf