Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

Growth curve analyses in poultry science

  • D. NARINÇ (a1), N. ÖKSÜZ NARINÇ (a2) and A. AYGÜN (a3)

Growth is a key characteristic of animals and can be defined as any change in body size per time unit, and is influenced by genotype and environment. Mathematical functions called ‘growth models’ have been used to explain the growth patterns of poultry species. These semi-mechanistic growth models have a non-linear structure, sigmoid shape, and certain biologically meaningful parameters. In poultry science, Gompertz, Logistic, Richards and von Bertalanffy functions have been commonly used to model the growth patterns of birds. In this review, the studies concerned have been summarised under the titles ‘determination of the best-fitting growth model’, ‘a comparison of the growth of poultry species or various experimental groups’, and ‘genetic parameter estimates for growth curve parameters’. This review discusses existing and new approaches to growth modelling.

Corresponding author
Corresponding author:
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

S.E. AGGREY (2002) Comparison of three nonlinear and spline regression models for describing chicken growth curves. Poultry Science 81: 1782-1788.

S.E. AGGREY , G.A. ANKRA-BADU and H.L. MARKS (2003) Effect of long-term selection on growth characteristics in Japanese quail. Poultry Science 82: 538-542.

H. AHMADI and M. MOTTAGHİTALAB (2007) Hyperbolastic models as a new powerful tool to describe broiler growth kinetics. Poultry Science 86: 2461-2465.

N.B. ANTHONY , K.E. NESTOR and W.L. BACON (1986) Growth curves of Japanese quail as modified by divergent selection for 4-week body weight. Poultry Science 65: 1825-1833.

N.B. ANTHONY , D.A. EMMERSON and K.E. NESTOR (1991a) Research Note: Influence of body weight selection on the growth curve of Turkeys. Poultry Science 70: 192-194.

N.B. ANTHONY , D.A. EMMERSON , K.E. NESTOR and W.L. BACON (1991b) Comparison of growth curves of weight selected populations of turkeys, quail and chickens. Poultry Science 70: 13-19.

M. ASLAM , J. BASTIAANSEN , R. CROOIJMANS , B. DUCRO , A. VEREIJKEN and M. GROENEN (2011) Genetic variances, heritabilities and maternal effects on body weight, breast meat yield, meat quality traits and the shape of the growth curve in turkey birds. BMC Genetics 12: 14-23.

M.S. BALCIOĞLU , K. KIZILKAYA , K. KARABAĞ , S. ALKAN , H.I. YOLCU and E. ŞAHİN (2009) Comparison of growth characteristics of chukar partridges (Alectoris chukar) raised in captivity. Journal of Applied Animal Research 35: 21-24.

G.F. BARBATO (1991) Genetic architecture of growth curve parameters in chickens. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 83: 24-32.

H. DARMANI KUHI , E. KEBREAB , S. LOPEZ and J. FRANCE (2003) An evaluation of different growth functions for describing the profile of live weight with time (age) in meat and egg strains of chicken. Poultry Science 82: 1536-1543.

H. DARMANI KUHI , T. PORTER , S. LOPEZ , E. KEBREAB , A.B. STRATHE , A. DUMAS , J. DIJKSTRA and J. FRANCE (2010) A review of mathematical functions for the analysis of growth in poultry. World's Poultry Science Journal 66: 227-239.

L.R.B. DOURADO , N.K. SAKOMURA , D.C.N. NASCIMENTO , J.C. DORIGAM , S.M. MARCATO and J.B.K. FERNANDES (2009) Growth and performance of naked neck broiler reared in free-range system. Ciênciae Agrotecnologia 33: 875-881.

M. GOLIOMYTIS , E. PANOPOULOU and E. ROGDAKIS (2003) Growth curves for body weight and major component parts, feed consumption, and mortality of male broiler chickens raised to maturity. Poultry Science 82: 1061-1068.

L. HYANKOVA , H. KNIZETOVA , L. DEDKOVA and J. HORT (2001) Divergent selection shape of growth curve in Japanese quail 1. Responses in Growth parameters and food conversion. British Poultry Science 42: 583-589.

H. KNIZETOVA , J. HYANEK , B. KNIZE and H. PROCHAZKOVA (1991b) Analysis of growth curves in fowl. II. Ducks. British Poultry Science 32: 1039-1053.

H. KNIZETOVA , J. HYANEK and A. VESELSKY (1994) Analysis of growth curves in fowl. III. Geese. British Poultry Science 35: 335-344.

H. KNIZETOVA , J. HYANEK , L. HYANKOVA and P. BELICEK (1995) Comparative study of growth curves in poultry. Genetics Selection Evolution 27: 365-375.

M.S. LILBURN , P.A. RENNER and N.B. ANTHONY (1992) Interaction between step-up versus step-down lighting from four to six teen weeks on growth and development in turkey hens from two commercial strains. Poultry Science 71: 419-426.

M.S. LILBURN and D. EMMERSON (1993) The influence of differences of dietary amino acids during the early growing period on growth and development of Nicholas and British United Turkey toms. Poultry Science 72: 1722-1730.

S. MIGNON-GRASTEAU , C. BEAUMONT , E. LE BIHAN-DUVAL , J.P. POIVEY , H. DE ROCHAMBEAU and F.H. RICHARD (1999) Genetic parameters of growth curve parameters in male and female chickens. British Poultry Science 40: 44-51.

S.N. NAHASHON , S.E. AGGREY , N.A. ADEFOPE and A. AMENYENU (2006a) . Modeling growth characteristics of meat-type guinea fowl. Poultry Science 85: 943-946.

S.N. NAHASHON , S.E. AGGREY , N.A. ADEFOPE , A. AMENYENU and D. WRIGHT (2006b) . Growth Characteristics of Pearl Gray Guinea Fowl as Predicted by the Richards, Gompertz, and Logistic Models. Poultry Science 85: 359-363.

D. NARİNÇ , E. KARAMAN , T. AKSOY and M.Z. FIRAT (2014) Genetic parameter estimates of growth curve and reproduction traits in Japanese quail. Poultry Science 93: 24-30.

V.G. NARUSHIN and C. TAKMA (2003) Sigmoid model for the evaluation of growth and production curves in laying hens. Biosystems Engineering 84: 343-348.

T. PORTER , E. KEBREAB , H. DARMANI KUHI , S. LOPEZ , A.B. STRATHE and J. FRANCE (2010) Flexible alternatives to the Gompertz equation for describing growth with age in turkey hens. Poultry Science 89: 371-378.

S.B. RAMOS , S.L. CAETANO , R.P. SAVEGNAGO , B.N. NUNES , A.A. RAMOS and D.P. MUNARI (2013) Growth curves for ostriches (Struthiocamelus) in a Brazilian population. Poultry Science 92: 277-282.

E. REZVANNEJAD , A. PAKDEL , S.R. MIRAEE ASHTIANEE , H. MEHRABANI YEGANEH and M.M. YAGHOOBI (2013) Analysis of growth characteristics in short-term divergently selected Japanese quail lines and their cross. The Journal of Applied Poultry Research 22: 663-670.

C. RIZZI , B. CONTIERO and M. CASSANDRO (2013) Growth patterns of Italian local chicken populations. Poultry Science 92: 2226-2235.

W.B. ROUSH and S.L. BRANTON (2005) A comparison of fitting growth models with a genetic algorithm and nonlinear regression. Poultry Science 84: 494-502.

W.B. ROUSH , W.A. DOZIER 3rd and S.L. BRANTON (2006) Comparison of Gompertz and Neural Network models of broiler growth. Poultry Science 85: 794-797.

G.N. SCHEUERMANN , S.F. BILGILI , J.B. HESS and D.R. MULVANEY (2003) Breast muscle development in commercial broiler chickens. Poultry Science 82: 1648-1658.

A.P. SCHINCKEL , O. ADEOLA and M.E. EINSTEIN (2005) Evaluation of alternative nonlinear mixed effects models of duck growth. Poultry Science 84: 256-264.

T. TOMPIĆ , J. DOBŠA , S. LEGEN , N. TOMPIĆ and H. MEDIĆ (2011) Modeling the growth pattern of in-season and off-season Ross 308 broiler breeder flocks. Poultry Science 90: 2879-2887.

R.Y. TZENG and W.A. BECKER (1981) Growth patterns of body and abdominal fat weight in male broiler chickens. Poultry Science 60: 1101-1106.

Z.G. VITEZICA , C. MARIE-ETANCELIN , M.D. BERNADET , X. FERNANDEZ and C. ROBERT-GRANIE (2010) Comparison of nonlinear and spline regression models for describing mule duck growth curves. Poultry Science 89: 1778-1784.

Z. ZHAO , S. LI , H. HUANG , C. LI , Q. WANG and L. XUE (2015) Comparative Study on Growth and Developmental Model of Indigenous Chicken Breeds in China. Open Journal of Animal Sciences 5: 219-223.

M.J. ZUIDHOF (2005) Mathematical characterisation of broiler carcass yield dynamics. Poultry Science 84: 1108-1122.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

World's Poultry Science Journal
  • ISSN: 0043-9339
  • EISSN: 1743-4777
  • URL: /core/journals/world-s-poultry-science-journal
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *



Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 14
Total number of PDF views: 136 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 611 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 2nd March 2017 - 23rd September 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.