The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of breeder’s age and laying period on captive red legged partridge reproduction performances. The deposition of yearling, 2- and 3-years-old breeders was monitored during 14 weeks. Pairs had been allocated in outdoors cages (45x80x35 cm - 1x1 cm wire mesh floor) under artificially extended photoperiod (natural + artificial 16 L : 8 D; 35 lux of artificial light intensity). The eggs were collected daily, stored (14 °C and 70% RH) and incubated once a week (setters 99.7 °F; 47% RH, hatchers 99 °F, 43→56→47% RH). In comparison to the yearlings, results showed that the number of eggs laid per pairs increased slightly in 2 years-old breeders but, it significantly decreased in the 3 years-old (41.8, 44.4 and 38.1, respectively). Fertility and hatching percentages (on total incubated eggs) were influenced by breeders age (fertility: 85.8% vs. 83.6% vs. 80.5%; hatch: 74.7% vs. 71.7% and 70.3%, in yearling, in 1 , 2 and 3 years-old breeders, respectively; P<0.05). During the starting period, the oldest breeders showed a higher percentage of culled eggs at candling (25.2% vs. 12.5% and 14.2%) while the older parents showed higher hatching rates during the lasting season (67.5% vs. 62.7% and 62.9%). Results confirmed that to keep the red legged partridges for one year or longer is useful. It is a fact that the reproductive performances may improve during the second year. Furthermore, a different lighting program applied to the oldest male, could reduce the loss of fertility during the starting period.
|Autori:||Fronte B.; D'Agata M.C.; Bagliacca M.|
|Titolo:||Reproductive performaces of red-legged partridges (Alecoris rufa) in relation to age and season|
|Anno del prodotto:||2010|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|