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Embryonic Development in the Ostrich (Struthio camelus) During the First 7 Days of Artificial Incubation.

Brand, Z., Cloete, S.W.P., Malecki, I.A. and Brown, Chris (2014) Embryonic Development in the Ostrich (Struthio camelus) During the First 7 Days of Artificial Incubation. British Poultry Science, 55 (1). pp. 68-75. ISSN 0007-1668

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1. Early development of ostrich embryos was investigated in relation to time of egg collection
and genotype.
2. A total of 321 ostrich eggs were collected during the 2008 and 2009 breeding seasons and the
development of the embryo for up to the first 168 h of incubation was described and analysed. A sample
of the incubated eggs was weighed and opened daily to investigate developmental changes.
3. In fresh eggs, the blastoderm contained a round, translucent dark area pellucida (AP) in the centre,
with a surrounding thin white ring, likely to be the beginning of the area opaca (AO). Fresh eggs were
considered infertile if the blastoderm was absent and instead numerous white droplets were present
surrounded by vacuoles.
4. The average blastoderm area of a fresh fertile egg was 15.8 mm2, increasing to 143.3 mm2 after 2 d of
incubation. By 72 h of incubation the area vasculosa (AV) was discernible in the posterior half of the
5. At 48 h of incubation the blastoderm area in eggs from the South African Black genotype
(SAB) × Zimbabwean Blue genotype (ZB) crosses (104.5 ± 18.6 mm2) was lower than the pure SAB
(141.0 ± 10.5 mm2), ZB (161.7 ± 13.5 mm2) and ZB × SAB crosses (166.1 ± 14.2 mm2).
6. Embryo length was 5.01 mm after 72 h of incubation and 14.5 mm after 168 h of incubation. At 168 h of
incubation AV lengths for both ZB × SAB (53.2 mm) and SAB × ZB crosses (54.1 mm) were longer than in
embryos from the pure breeds.
7. Results from this study can be put to practical use when determining whether eggs are infertile or
fertile and also in investigating the age of early embryonic mortalities.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: embronic development, ostrich eggs, artifical incubation, SERG
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Chris Brown
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 13:52
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 14:00

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