Experimental manipulation of egg quality in chickens: influence of albumen and yolk on the size and body composition of near-term embryos in a precocial bird

@article{Finkler1998ExperimentalMO,
  title={Experimental manipulation of egg quality in chickens: influence of albumen and yolk on the size and body composition of near-term embryos in a precocial bird},
  author={Michael S. Finkler and J. B. Van Orman and Paul R. Sotherland},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
  year={1998},
  volume={168},
  pages={17-24}
}
The importance of avian egg components in the determination of hatchling size and quality has yet to be fully evaluated. In the first experiment, 20% of the albumen and/or the yolk was removed from chicken eggs to determine the impact of each egg component on metabolism and various size measures in near-term embryos. Results show that metabolic rate, dry body mass, and internal organ mass are largely independent of egg composition. Removal of albumen resulted in a decrease in wet body mass… CONTINUE READING

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