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Free Content Effect of Age and Sex on Digestive Tract Morphometry of Guinea Fowl (Numida meleagris L.)

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As guinea fowl age, their body weights and length of the esophagus and crop increased significantly, and relative length (cm × 100 g b.w.-1) of the small intestine, caeca and total intestine decreased significantly (P≤0.05) in males and females. In addition, 52-week-old males had a significantly higher percentage length of rectum and heart weight, and females a significantly higher gizzard weight compared to 13-week-old birds. Compared to females, adult males differed significantly (P≤0.05) in the length of caeca and also in the proportion of the gizzard, proventriculus, heart and liver in total weight.

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Keywords: AGE; DIGESTIVE TRACT; GIZZARD; GUINEA FOWL; HEART; LIVER; SEX

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2012

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  • Folia biologica is an international quarterly journal that publishes papers on the broad field of experimental zoology, nuclear and chromosome research, and also ultrastructural studies. All papers are subject to peer reviews. Indexed in: ISI Master Journal List, Current Contents, Polish Scientific Journals Contents. I.F. 0.667
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