High eggshell temperatures during incubation decrease growth performance and increase the incidence of ascites in broiler chickens.

@article{Molenaar2011HighET,
  title={High eggshell temperatures during incubation decrease growth performance and increase the incidence of ascites in broiler chickens.},
  author={Rinkje Molenaar and R. Michael Hulet and Ron Meijerhof and Conny M Maatjens and Bas Kemp and Henry van den Brand},
  journal={Poultry science},
  year={2011},
  volume={90 3},
  pages={624-32}
}
High eggshell temperatures (EST; ≥38.9°C) during the second half of incubation are known to decrease the body and organ development of broiler hatchlings. In particular, relative heart weights are decreased by a high EST, and this may increase the incidence of metabolic disorders that are associated with cardiovascular development, such as ascites. The current study investigated the effects of a high EST on chick quality, subsequent performance, and the incidence of ascites later in life. Eggs… CONTINUE READING
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