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J. Anim. Sci. Adv.,. 2012; 2(7): 631-636

Effect of Storage Time on Hatchability of Guinea Fowl Eggs

John Cassius Moreki, Tapologo Ditshupo.

A study was conducted to determine the effects of length of storage time on hatchability of guinea fowl eggs. A total of 125 eggs were obtained from the ongoing guinea fowl project and used in this study. Eggs were divided into five batches and each batch comprised 25 eggs. Following collection, all eggs were individually weighed using electronic scale and stored in a cool room at 20 oC for different storage times of 0, 4, 7, 10 and 14 days. Prior to setting, eggs were weighed again and thereafter set in the incubator at 37 oC and 70% relative humidity. Data from five batches of eggs were analyzed using General Linear model (GLM) of Statistical Analysis Software (version 9.2) to determine the effect of storage time on hatchability of guinea fowl eggs. A significant difference in hatchability among different batches of eggs was found. The results of the present study showed that storage time significantly (P

Key words: Guinea fowl eggs, hatchability, incubation, storage time

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