Effects of egg mass and percentage mass loss during incubation on hatchability of eggs of the rock partridge (Alectoris graeca)

Kirikci, K. and Deeming, Charles and Gunlu, A. (2004) Effects of egg mass and percentage mass loss during incubation on hatchability of eggs of the rock partridge (Alectoris graeca). British Poultry Science, 45 (3). pp. 380-384. ISSN 0007-1668

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00071660410001730879

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Abstract

1. The effects of initial egg mass (IEM) and percentage mass loss during incubation (%ML) on hatchability of rock partridge eggs were investigated.

2. Eggs at the extremes of IEM had lower fertility and embryonic mortality.

3. Eggs at the extremes of %ML also had low fertility and hatchability was disproportionately reduced in eggs that had lost less mass during incubation.

4. Chick mass was a function of both IEM and mass lost during incubation.

5. In these respects rock partridge eggs are similar to that of other domesticated species of poultry.

Keywords:Egg mass, Incubation, Hatchability, Rock partridge, Alectoris graeca
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D423 Poultry keeping
C Biological Sciences > C140 Developmental/Reproductive Biology
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D424 Game keeping
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:13237
Deposited On:31 Jan 2014 12:41

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