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Effect of diurnal or nocturnal heat stress on egg formation.
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PMID:  466522     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
1. Mature laying hens were subjected to ambient temperatures sufficient to maintain body temperature of 43 degrees C for periods of 6 to 7 h during the day (eight periods) or the night (five periods). This did not reduce total daily food consumption. 2. The effect of heat stress during the day was mostly on egg-shell quality, being adverse and significant. During the night heat stress caused a significant decrease in egg production, its effect during the day was less marked in this respect. 3. Heat stress thus seems mostly to affect the early stages of shell formation, while its effect on egg production seems to depend on the time at which it occurs in relation to ovulation. 4. These results suggest that egg production is directly affected by heat stress; prolonged heat stress probably also acts indirectly, by suppression of food intake.
D Wolfenson; Y F Frei; N Snapir; A Berman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British poultry science     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0007-1668     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. Poult. Sci.     Publication Date:  1979 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-10-24     Completed Date:  1979-10-24     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15740290R     Medline TA:  Br Poult Sci     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  167-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Calcium / blood
Chickens / physiology*
Egg Shell
Hot Temperature
Stress, Physiological*
Time Factors
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