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Prestorage incubation of long-term stored broiler breeder eggs: 1. Effects on hatchability.
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PMID:  11599697     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two thousand eight hundred broiler breeder eggs were used to determine if prestorage incubation (PRESI) treatments of 0, 6, 12, or 18 h (at 37.5 C) could improve the hatchability of eggs stored (at 11.5 C) for 4 vs. 14 d. Embryonic development of 30 eggs was established after exposing the eggs to each PRESI treatment. The remaining eggs were cold-stored for 4 or 14 d and then incubated for 21 d. Unhatched eggs were broken open to determine fertility, and if fertile, stage of embryonic death was determined. Statistical significance was assessed at P < 0.05. Embryonic development significantly advanced (P = 0.00001) as the number of PRESI h increased. Therefore, embryos from each of the four PRESI treatments were placed into cold storage at different stages of development. Egg storage for 14 vs. 4 d significantly reduced the hatchability of all eggs set (58.4 and 88.2%, respectively). The PRESI treatments did not have a significant beneficial or detrimental effect on the hatchability of all eggs set for the eggs stored 4 d. However, in eggs stored for 14 d, PRESI for 6 h significantly improved hatchability of all eggs set (79.0%) when compared to eggs that were not PRESI (70.5%). The hatchability of all eggs set for eggs PRESI for 18 h and stored for 14 d was significantly reduced (9.1%) when compared to the other 14-d stored PRESI treatments. The results of this study provide evidence that embryos of eggs that have completed hypoblast formation (PRESI for 6 h) and are stored for 14 d have a survival advantage over embryos of 14-d stored eggs that have not been subjected to any PRESI treatments.
G M Fasenko; F E Robinson; A I Whelan; K M Kremeniuk; J A Walker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Poultry science     Volume:  80     ISSN:  0032-5791     ISO Abbreviation:  Poult. Sci.     Publication Date:  2001 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-15     Completed Date:  2002-05-30     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401150     Medline TA:  Poult Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1406-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Chick Embryo / growth & development*,  physiology
Cold Temperature / adverse effects
Incubators / veterinary
Preservation, Biological / methods,  veterinary*
Survival Analysis
Time Factors

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