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Hatchability tests with eggs from captive wood ducks

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Abstract

The effect of diet and artificial incubation on fertility and hatchability of wood duck (Aix sponsa) eggs and survival of young was measured. Hatchability of eggs from hens fed a diet containing 37 percent protein was increased significantly (P <0.05) over that of hens fed a diet containing 17 percent protein. Hatchability was also significantly (P<0.005) greater for eggs incubated 10 days under hens before being placed in an incubator than for eggs placed in an incubator for the entire period. Ducklings that hatched from naturally started incubation survived at a much higher rate (P<0.001). Egg fertility was not affected by the diets.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Hatchability tests with eggs from captive wood ducks
Series title:
Poultry Science
Volume
51
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1972
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
p. 849-853
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Poultry Science
First page:
849
Last page:
853
Number of Pages:
4