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Determining air cell location and embryo development in opaque shelled eggs

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A novel method for determining air cell location, embryo development, and eggshell defects in opaque thickshelled eggs was tested. Results demonstrated that a camcorder with IR "Night Shot" function performed significantly better (P < 0.05) than unaided visual determination of air cell location in Emu eggs. In addition, the Mini DVC camcorder unit was as accurate as the heavier, non-portable, and more expensive traditional IR candling units. Commercial ratite producers, waterfowl biologists, and others working with opaque thickshelled eggs may benefit from this research.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3184/175815512X13350293537608

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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