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Factors related to the artificial incubation of wild bird eggs

Avian Biology Research

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Abstract

Attempts to artificially incubate the eggs of wild birds have failed in many respects in duplicating the success of natural incubation. As part of a larger study we had the opportunity to artificially incubate the eggs of 22 species of birds (three domestic and 19 wild species). We report the successes and failures associated with artificial incubation of these eggs. Moisture loss varied widely, not only for Orders of birds but for similar species within an Order. Overall hatching success and success through to 90% of incubation varied for different Orders and for similar species. Humidity and temperature are critical elements in the artificial incubation of wild bird eggs and must be closely monitored throughout incubation to ensure the best possible chance of hatching. Even when these elements are addressed, artificial incubation still can not duplicate the success of incubation by the parent.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Factors related to the artificial incubation of wild bird eggs
Series title:
Avian Biology Research
Volume
2
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2009
Language:
English
Publisher:
Science Reviews 2000 Ltd.
Publisher location:
London, U.K.
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
11 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Avian Biology Research
First page:
121
Last page:
131
Number of Pages:
11