Egg Production and Some Hatchability Characteristics of RockPartridges (Alectoris graeca) Mated at Different Rates

Rock Partridge (Alectoris graeca) Science Article 2


This study was carried out to determine the hatchability characteristics of rock partridges mated at the ratio of one maleto three females, one male to four females and one male to five females. Egg production/hen (%), fertile eggs/hen, fertility,hatchability and hatchability of fertile eggs of one male to three females, one male to four females and one male to five femalesgroups were determined to be 40.53, 48.79 and 44.85%; 38.94, 42.16 and 38.30%; 88.37, 81.73 and 81.95%; 69.70, 65.47and 66.50% and 78.97, 79.78 and 81.16%, respectively. There were significant differences between total egg production/hen andthe fertility values of the groups (P < 0.05), but there were no significant effects for the other hatchability traits. It was determinedthat the number of females (from three to five) mated to a male had no effect on the hatchability characteristics of the rock partridgeexcept for fertility; thus, this finding indicates that it is not necessary to keep extra breeding males.

Orhan Cetin, Turk J Vet Anim Sci 26 (2002) 1009-1011

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