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.: Home > International Journal of Poultry Science > 2011 > Volume 10 Number 4 > J.B. Wells1, C.D. Coufal2, H.M. Parker1, A.S. Kiess1, K.M. Young1 and C.D. McDaniel1**

Hatchablility of Broiler Breeder Eggs Sanitized with a Combination of Ultraviolet Light and Hydrogen Peroxide*

J.B. Wells1, C.D. Coufal2, H.M. Parker1, A.S. Kiess1, K.M. Young1 and C.D. McDaniel1**
1Department of Poultry Science, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, 39762, USA 2Department of Poultry Science, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX 77845, USA
Abstract :

Research has shown that exterior eggshell Aerobic Plate Counts (APC) are greatly decreased
using a combination of Ultraviolet Light (UV) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). However, it is unknown how this
treatment process would impact hatchability. Therefore, the objective of this experiment was to determine
if spraying eggs with 1.5% H2O2 followed by UV irradiation for 8 min to reduce eggshell APC would affect
hatchability. Eggs from 3 commercial houses (57 wk-old broiler breeders) were collected over 2 d (n = 1,944
eggs). Half were treated with 1.5% H2O2 and UV and the other half served as untreated controls (18 eggs/
tray). At time of treatment, 1 egg was randomly selected from each of 108 trays (n = 54 per treatment) for
eggshell APC enumeration on TSA. Remaining eggs were stored at 18.3oC. Prior to set, 1 egg per tray from
d 1 of collection was sampled for APC enumeration. The 16 remaining eggs/tray were weighed prior to
incubation and at 18 d to determine egg weight loss. At hatch (21.5 d), chick weights were obtained,
meconium samples were collected from 18 chicks per incubator and samples were plated on TSA to
determine the presence of intestinal microorganisms. A 3 log10CFU/egg reduction in eggshell APC was
found for treated eggs when compared to control eggs. At hatch, no differences in chick weight, egg weight
loss, positive meconium samples, or hatchability were observed between treatments. In conclusion, UV
irradiation for 8 min with 1.5% H2O2 reduced eggshell APC on broiler breeder eggs with no affect on

Keywords :
Hatchability, sanitization, bacteria, ultraviolet light, hydrogen peroxide

Date Deposited : 24 Jun 2011 14:16

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Volume 10, Number 4, - 2011 , ISSN 1682-8356

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