Influence of incubation management on pipping position, hatching ability and survival of ostrich chicks

  title={Influence of incubation management on pipping position, hatching ability and survival of ostrich chicks},
  author={Z. Brand and S. Cloete and I. Malecki and C. Brown},
  journal={South African Journal of Animal Science},
  • Z. Brand, S. Cloete, +1 author C. Brown
  • Published 2011
  • Biology
  • South African Journal of Animal Science
  • Despite numerous studies, the effect of artificial incubation on the hatchability and survival of near-term ostrich chicks is still not well understood. Records from 13 975 eggs with embryos of 35 days and older, artificially incubated between 2006 and 2008, were analysed to determine the potential effect of pipping position upon the hatchability, and the subsequent survival of ostrich chicks. A total of 864 near-term chicks (6.9%) failed to pip. Chicks that pipped in the correct position had a… CONTINUE READING
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