Measuring shell quality

Forum: Measuring Hatching Egg Shell Quality

Published on: 12/30/2008
Author/s : Jon Moyle, Doug Yoho and Keith Bramwell - University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Division of Agriculture – AVIAN Advice newsletter (Winter 2008 Volume 10 no. 4)
Clearly hatchability is important to both small flock and commercial poultry breeder flock owners. Maintaining hatching egg shell quality is important because of its connection with hatchability. The major factors that influence egg shell quality are genetics, diet, climate, housing and age of the hens. While the average poultry operation has limited control over most of these factors, the crucial...
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Arshaq Ramzee Arshaq Ramzee
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
December 30, 2008

A good article. This article suggests new simple tools to judge and improve their performances for hatchery manager and farm manager.

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December 30, 2008

Article is a good effort in understanding the causes of lower hatchability in broiler breeders. There is no findings of light color eggs (lower hatchability). The article is not fully loaded on the site may be due to some error. After reading Avian Advise issue the things get clear. I think the light color occurs during/after the attack of disease like Avian Influenza, ND, IB and EDS.

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ibrahim ahmed ibrahim ahmed
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
January 1, 2009

Dear sir,

The article is a good effort in understanding the causes of lower hatchability in broiler breeders. There is no findings of light color eggs (lower hatchability). I think the light color occurs during/after the attack of disease like Avian Influenza, ND, IB and EDS. Also, there is nothing about dietary factors (fat, fatty acids. C/P RATIO AND CALCIUM PHOSPHOROUS RATIO).

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Ganesh Kumar Dahal Ganesh Kumar Dahal
Managing Director MDH Pharmaceuticals Pvt.Ltd.
March 5, 2009

A good article about Measuring Hatching Egg Shell Quality. Only lighter colour shade of egg shell should not be related to low hatchability as it could be due dietary - nutritional changes and environmental stress. Convulsion period after viral diseases could be the reason.

Over all low quality of egg shell & its content would be cause for low hatchability.

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