Effect of lymphoid leukosis virus on performance of layer hens and the identification of infected chickens by tests on meconia.
J Ignjatovic, RA Fraser, TJ Bagust
Avian Pathology | Published : 1986
The effect of subclinical infection with lymphoid leukosis virus (LLV) on the productivity traits of layer hens was investigated. In hens that shed gs-antigen of LLV to albumen, onset of sexual maturity was delayed by a mean of 11 days and the number of eggs laid was reduced -by 68 per hen up to 75 weeks of age. Shedding hens laid on average 2 g lighter eggs and of lesser specific gravity. Thirty-four % less chickens were obtained in the reproduction programmes from LLV-shedders in comparison with non-shedders. LLV had no significant effect on fertility and hatchability. Reduced egg-related performance was only directly related to LLV-shedding and dams' shedding status had no effect on the e..View full abstract