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n African Zoology - Confinement lowers fertility rate of helmeted guinea fowl () eggs : short communication - : short communication

Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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Abstract

Guinea fowl is a common game bird in Africa and there have been efforts to domesticate it for use as a source of human food. An important obstacle in successful domestication of guinea fowl is their low fertility rate. We studied the effects of semi-confinement on the fertility rates of helmeted guinea fowl by comparing egg fertility, hatch rate and keet survival rates in a wild (WL) and a semi-confined (SC) group. We undertook the study in Eastern Kenya for a period of 16 months that represented three breeding cycles. There was no significant difference ( > 0.05) in egg fertility rates between egg laying cycles in the SC group. However, the egg fertility rate of the WL group was significantly higher ( < 0.05) than that of the SC group. There were no significant differences in the hatch rate of eggs ( > 0.05) or the keet survival rates between the WL and SC groups. These results clearly show that low egg fertility rate is a key limiting factor in the reproductive success of helmeted guinea fowl kept in semi-confined spaces.

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2014-04-01
2019-09-15

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