THE INFLUENCE OF PULLET BODY WEIGHT ON EGG NUMBER AND EGG WEIGHT
A.S. Sudheesh Kumar, J. Leo, P.A. Peethambaran and A.K.K. Unni
An experiment was carried at AICRP on poultry for eggs, Mannuthy to evaluate the influence of pullet body weight on egg number and egg weight upto 40 weeks of age in IWN and IWP strains of White Leghorn. The data on egg production showed a higher egg production for larger body weight classes in both the strains. The egg weight at 32 weeks of age did not vary significantly among body weight classes in IWN strain but in IWP strain egg weight was higher for higher body weight classes. The egg weight at 40 weeks of age was significantly higher for larger body weight classes. From this study it was observed that pullet body weight exerted a definite influence on egg production and egg weight at 40 weeks of age.