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Effects of external applications of fuel oil on hatchability of mallard eggs

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Edited by:
Douglas A. Wolfe

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Abstract

An experiment was performed to determine the toxicity of oil to incubating eggs. Number 2 fuel oil, a mixture of 9 paraffin compounds, and propylene glycol were applied to the surface of artificially incubated mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) eggs. Embryonic mortality was significantly greater (P < or equal to 8.01) in all oil treated groups and the paraffin mixture group than in the control group. Most of the post-hatching (4 weeks) weights of the ducklings in all treatment groups were not significantly different (P > 0.01) from the control. Thus, the transfer of even small quantities of oil to the egg surface is sufficient to reduce hatchability.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Effects of external applications of fuel oil on hatchability of mallard eggs
Year Published:
1977
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pergamon Press
Publisher location:
New York
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
xix, 478
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
First page:
158
Last page:
163