Genetics and Poultry Breeding

  • Carmen R. Parkhurst
  • George J. Mountney


The science of genetics deals with the transmission of individual characteristics of both parents to the offspring through the mechanism of heredity. Poultry breeding utilizes genetic principles to accomplish the goals of poultry producers for meat or egg production.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmen R. Parkhurst
    • 1
  • George J. Mountney
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Poultry ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.United States Department of AgricultureCooperative State Research ServiceUSA

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