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.: Home > International Journal of Poultry Science > 2011 > Volume 10 Number 12 > Luis D. Abarca B., José A. Quintana L, Ma Therese Casaubon H. and Sergio Gómez Rosales

Assessment of Eggshell Quality Before and After Incubation from 29 and 46 Weeks-old Leghorn Hens

Luis D. Abarca B., José A. Quintana L, Ma Therese Casaubon H. and Sergio Gómez Rosales
instituto Nacional De Investigaciones Forestales Agrícolas Y Pecuarias
Abstract :

Eggshell quality is based mainly upon two important characteristics; its thickness and weight. This study has as an objective to determine the changes in eggshell quality before and after incubation and it consisted of two experiments with 29 and 46 weeks-old leghorn type hens respectively. In both experiments a group was worked upon before incubation (group 1) and another group after incubation (group 2). Experiment 1, group 1 consisted of 40 eggs and group 2 of 100 eggs; both groups had eggs and eggshell without membranes weighed and the percentage was obtained; thickness was measured and the amount of calcium was established. Experiment 2, group 1 had 25 eggs and group 2 had 75 eggs, eggs and eggshell without membranes were weighed and the percentage was obtained, as well as thickness, density and amount of calcium that was present. After that the data were subjected to statistical analysis to establish if the differences were statistically significant. Group 1 had significant differences (p<0.05) in eggshell weight, eggshell percentages and thickness and in experiment 2 there was significant differences (p<0.05) in eggshell weight, eggshell percentages, thickness and eggshell density. There were no differences found in both studies in relation to calcium levels. The fact that there were no differences found in calcium levels could be associated to the sample size, the use of mixed samples or to a non-detected incubation problem. At the end of the study it was concluded that values for eggshell weight, thickness, percentages and density diminish after incubation.

Keywords :
Eggs incubation, eggshell, thickness, density, calcium

Date Deposited : 26 Feb 2015 10:27

Last Modified : 26 Feb 2015 10:27

Official URL: http://www.pjbs.org

Volume 10, Number 12, - 2011 , ISSN 1682-8356

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