oa Agriprobe - Effect of different carbon dioxide levels during artificial incubation on hatchability of ostrich eggs : journal

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



The role of different levels CO2 in the development of ostrich embryos is still unclear. It was claimed by some industry sources that higher CO2 concentration during incubation may enhance hatching results. Eggs were artificially incubated in three different incubators with three vent settings (close, 50% open or open). The three vent settings did not affect the percentage of infertile eggs or embryonic mortalities. The results of the study indicate thus that an increase in CO2 concentrations during incubation, is not beneficial in the hatching process and cannot therefore be recommended.

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