Changes in guinea fowl fertility and hatching traits over a 4-month laying season with long-term egg storage conditions

DOI: 10.5958/0976-0555.2015.00124.7    | Article Id: B-276 | Page : 532-536
Citation :- Changes in guinea fowl fertility and hatching traits over a 4-month laying season with long-term egg storage conditions.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2015.(49):532-536
Umut Sami Yamak, Mehmet Akif Boz and Musa Sarica usyamak@omu.edu.tr
Address : Ondokuz Mayis University, Agricultural Faculty, Department of Animal Science, Samsun, Turkey.

Abstract

This study was conducted to determine the effect of age on different reproductive traits of guinea fowl. A total of 350 female and 150 male guinea fowl were reared in a semi-intensive system. The birds were naturally mated, and eggs were collected for incubation in 6 batches beginning at 40 weeks. A total of 8,123 eggs were incubated between 40-52 weeks of age. The incubation period was 28 days. As a result of this study, the overall mean egg weight was 39.98 g, and the mean keet weight was 25.00 g. The mean fertility rate was 58.46%, the hatching rate was 80.53%, and the incubation yield was 47.01%. Fertility, hatching rate and incubation yield varied significantly by age (P

Keywords

Embryonic mortality Fertility Guinea Fowl Hatching rate Incubation.

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