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Relationship Between Egg Weight and Hatch Weight in Pigeons (Columba livia)

T. Ibrahim1 and Y. Sani2
1Animal Production Programme, School of Agriculture, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, P.M.B. 0248, Bauchi State, Nigeria 2Government Secondary School, Misau, Nigeria
Abstract :

This study was undertaken to assess the relationship between egg weight and hatch weight in
pigeons and also derive prediction equation based on the relationship. It was conduced in nine randomly
selected households in Misau town of Bauchi State, Nigeria, between April and November 2009. The mean
egg weight and squab hatch weight were 14.46±0.11 g and 12.55±0.08 g, respectively. No significant
differences were detected in egg weight and squab hatch weight when compared on the basis of order of
lay. The two traits were strongly correlated (r = 0.932). The study has shown that body weight of squabs at
hatching is to a large extent determined by the weight of the egg (R2 = 86.9%) and can be predicted using the latter with a high degree of precision.

Keywords :
Correlation, egg weight, hatch weight, pigeon, prediction, squab

Date Deposited : 27 Jun 2011 10:53

Last Modified : 27 Jun 2011 10:53

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Volume 9, Number 6, - 2010 , ISSN 1682-8356

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