The chicken embryo and its micro environment during egg storage and early incubation

@article{Reijrink2008TheCE,
  title={The chicken embryo and its micro environment during egg storage and early incubation},
  author={I A M Reijrink and Ron Meijerhof and Bas Kemp and Henry van den Brand},
  journal={World's Poultry Science Journal},
  year={2008},
  volume={64},
  pages={581 - 598}
}
When egg storage periods are prolonged (>7 days), hatchability and chick quality declines. The reason for this decline has been investigated, but is still not completely understood. At oviposition the developmental stage of the chicken embryo varies and so do the total number of viable cells. During storage, changes can occur in the embryo. Embryo viability at the end of storage seems to be dependent on the number of viable cells and the developmental stage of the embryo at oviposition. When… 

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