Sexual maturation and productivity of Japanese quail fed graded concentrations of mercuric chloride.

@article{Hill1976SexualMA,
  title={Sexual maturation and productivity of Japanese quail fed graded concentrations of mercuric chloride.},
  author={Elwood F. Hill and C S Shaffner},
  journal={Poultry science},
  year={1976},
  volume={55 4},
  pages={1449-59}
}
Japanese quail (Coturnix c. japonica) were fed 0, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32 p.p.m. Hg as mercuric chloride (HgCl2) from the time of hatching up to the age of 1 year. None of the birds manifested any gross signs of mercury poisioning. Food consumption, growth rate, and weight maintenance were unaffected. Initial oviposition tended to occur at a younger age as dietary mercuric chloride increased, e.g., the median age at which egg laying began among hens fed 32 p.p.m. Hg was 6 days younger than for… CONTINUE READING