National Avian Research Facility
National Avian Research Facility

Poultry lines

The NARF has a number of poultry lines available including layer and broiler breeds and Japanese quail.

Fertile eggs and chicks are available for research use upon request, with a requirement for a material transfer agreement for some lines to meet our restrictions relating to animal experiments or source of the lines.

Poultry Lines Description Facility Availability

Commercial layer 

 

 

We maintain a flock of Hy-Line chickens, a commercial hybrid brown egg layer line that we annually replace from a supplier. Fertile eggs supplied from this line are F1 progeny of egg-producing stock.

Conventional Available

White Leghorn

Further information

 

The white leghorn is an outbred layer line. Conventional Available

Roslin-broiler

Further information

 

The Roslin-broiler represents one of the only broiler-type populations available for research purposes. Conventional Available

Japanese quail

Further information

Coturnix japonica - model species of choice for the investigation of; photoperiodism/seasonal breeding, early life stress, neuroendocrinology and behaviour.

 

Conventional Available

 

     

Inbred Lines

and Closed Outbred Lines

Description Facility Availability

Inbred white leghorn lines

Further information

 

The NARF holds nine inbred white leghorn lines that vary in 

MHC haplotypes, disease resistance and susceptibility.

SPF

Limited

Availability

Rhode Island Red

Further information

 

 

Commercial breeder, line dates from 1961. This line has known MHC haplotypes,

disease resistance and susceptibility.

SPF Available

Light Sussex

Further information

 

Commercial breeder, line dates from 1961. This line has known MHC haplotypes,

disease resistance and susceptibility.

SPF Available

Discontinued

Poultry Lines

Description

Advanced intercross

Broiler x white leghorn                  

Further information

Advanced intercross of a broiler and white leghorn that is maintained as heterozygous for a high-growth haplotype,  that mediates Cholecystokinin A Receptor expression and underlies the largest QTL for growth in chickens.
   

 

Please let us know if you want further information on any of these lines or are interested in a collaboration based on our expertise

Help us to better understand how you are using eggs, chickens, and our facilities. We welcome feedback from collaborators and new users and use it to guide our research and development of new chicken lines.

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