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2014-02-26 08:32:45

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Poultry enthusiasts will have a chance to win everything needed to stage their own coup -- from an actual brand new coop to a dozen pullet chicks -- during the Nutrena® Farm Team Challenge Sweepstakes. The online contest runs March 1 through April 30, 2014. Consumers can visit www.FarmTeamChallenge.com to enter, print a coupon for a discount on poultry feed, and participate in an interactive "farm team" puzzle challenge. "The sweepstakes...

Size Matters: Roosters Prefer Hens With Big Hairdos
2012-09-04 12:24:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Size matters, and bigger is always better, at least when it comes to what roosters want when looking at possible mates. New research published in the journal PLoS Genetics suggests that roosters select the girl with the largest hairdo, or "comb." The scientists, from Linköping Universitet, say that the larger the comb of a hen, the bigger dose of sperm she will receive from the rooster, which leads to more eggs....

2011-12-23 10:12:53

The genetic changes underlying the evolution of new species are still poorly understood. For instance, we know little about critical changes that have happened during human evolution. Genetic studies in domestic animals can shed light on this process due to the rapid evolution they have undergone over the last 10,000 years. A new study published today describes how a complex genomic rearrangement causes a fascinating phenotype in chickens. In the study published in PLoS Genetics...

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2011-03-16 07:55:00

Its head looks like a turkey's, its body resembles a chicken's "“ now scientists can explain why one of the poultry world's most curious specimens has developed such a distinctive look. The Transylvanian naked neck chicken "“ once dubbed a Churkey or a Turken because of its hybrid appearance "“ has developed its defining feature because of a complex genetic mutation. Researchers at The Roslin Institute at The University of Edinburgh found that a vitamin A-derived substance...

2010-04-21 14:34:47

A Virginia Tech animal scientist, who in 1957 began breeding lines of White Plymouth Rock chickens based on their juvenile body weight, has provided scientists around the world with a model for exploring the molecular basis of traits like growth and reproduction "“ traits that molded the red jungle fowl into a farm animal roughly 8,000 years ago. Paul Siegel, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Animal and Poultry Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,...

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2009-04-24 13:40:00

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has outlined a list of 66 breeds of chickens it is trying to save from extinction. These so-called old-fashioned chickens represent a minority, as about 90 percent of all chickens on the market are factory-raised breeds. "When we can identify something in danger, we need to protect it," Barbara Bowman of Sonoma County told the AP. "The old breeds provide really sturdy genetics that we have to guard." Purebred chickens began to decline after World...

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2008-02-29 12:10:00

Charles Darwin maintained that the domesticated chicken derives from the red jungle fowl, but new research from Uppsala University now shows that the wild origins of the chicken are more complicated than that. The researchers mapped the genes that give most domesticated chickens yellow legs and found to their surprise that this genetic heredity derives from a closely related species, the grey jungle fowl. The study is being published today in the Web edition of PLoS Genetics. "Our studies...