Comparative development of the ovary and production, fertility and hatchability of eggs from traditional turkeys and a contemporary male-line fed ad libitum or restricted

Paul Hocking, R Bernard

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Abstract

1. Ovarian function was assessed at first egg and at 44 and 54 weeks of age in traditional turkeys and in a male-line fed ad libitum or restricted to 0.5 of ad libitum during rearing. Egg production was recorded daily and fertility and hatchability were determined at 2 ages. 2. Age at sexual maturity did not differ between the 3 treatments. 3. The number of follicles at first egg in the male line averaged 16.3 compared with 8.9 in traditional turkeys. Food restriction in the male line decreased the number of yellow follicles to 14.6 at first egg and restricted birds were largely in a non-reproductive state from 44 to 54 weeks of age. 4. The total number of recorded ovipositions to 54 weeks of age in male line fed ad libitum or restricted and traditional turkeys respectively were 40.1, 25.2 and 70.7; comparable productions of normal shelled eggs were 28, 20 and 66.3. 5. There were no differences between treatments in fertility after a single insemination at 2 different ages. Hatch of fertiles after the first inseminations were 71.4, 45.5 and 90.3 respectively for male line fed ad libitum or restricted and traditional turkeys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-7
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Poultry Science
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1998

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Animal Feed
  • Animals
  • Energy Intake
  • Female
  • Fertility/physiology
  • Food Deprivation
  • Male
  • Organ Size
  • Ovarian Follicle/physiology
  • Ovary/growth & development
  • Oviducts/growth & development
  • Oviposition/physiology
  • Turkeys/physiology

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