Improving turkey poult quality by correcting incubator humidity to match eggshell conductance

M. Meir, A. Ar

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Abstract

1. One of the most important factors determining hatch ability of avian eggs is their proper water budget during incubation. 2. We show here that water budget changes of turkey eggs effect not only hatchability but also poult quality. In addition to an increase in hatchability of 3-3%, poult quality was increased by 7-3%. 3. This was achieved by sorting eggs into low (<18-5), medium (18–5 to 22–0) and high (>22-0) eggshell mass-specific water vapour, conductance categories and incubating them in matching incubation humidities of 21–8, 26–6 and 31–4 Torr, corresponding to relative humidities of 45, 55 and 65% at 37–5 °C, respectively. 4. A total diffusive water loss of 11-5% (range 10 to 14%) of the initial egg mass in 25 d of incubation yielded maximal hatchability and poult quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-342
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Poultry Science
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 1987

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