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Ostrich (Struthio camelus) Embryonic Development From 7 to 42 Days of Incubation

Brand, Z., Cloete, S.W.P., Malecki, I.A. and Brown, Chris (2017) Ostrich (Struthio camelus) Embryonic Development From 7 to 42 Days of Incubation. British Poultry Science, 58 (2). pp. 139-143. ISSN 0007-1668 Online: 1466-1799

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1. Hatching success of ostrich eggs is poor (50–60% of fertile eggs). The current study was designed to identify the timing of key stages in the development of the ostrich embryo. 2. Growth of both embryo and wing length during 42 d of incubation was comparable and approximately linear, with a more or less weekly doubling in size up to 35 d of incubation. 3. The embryo eye size increased more rapidly than beak length and reached a maximum of ~16.2 mm by 28 d of incubation, whereas beak length increased continuously until hatching at 42 d. 4. Linear regression equations were derived from morphometric measurements of embryos between 7 and 42 d. 5. Information stemming from these results can be used to estimate the age of dead-in-shell embryos in an attempt to identify timing of incubation problems that potentially result in low hatchability of fertile eggs.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: ostrich, incubation, embryology, embryo length, leg, wing, beak, setting position
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QL Zoology
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 10:08
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2018 01:00

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