Advisor

Peebles, E. David

Committee Member

To, Filip Suminto D.

Committee Member

McDaniel, Christopher D.

Date of Degree

1-1-2015

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Agriculture

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Poultry Science

Abstract

Temperature is the most important among several factors that are needed for optimum avian embryonic development during incubation. Previous studies have implied that incubation temperature may have an impact on chick quality and post hatch performance. The use and accuracy of different methodologies for the estimation of embryonic temperature and eggshell conductance values during incubation were determined in three trials. Results suggested that air cell temperature using transponders may be used for the estimation of embryo temperature from 12 through 19 days of incubation and the subsequent calculation of eggshell conductance and specific eggshell conductance values. A final trial was conducted to further substantiate the estimation of embryo temperature using air cell readings by implanting probes alongside transponders in the air cell. It was determined that further modifications are needed to perfect this particular method.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/20132

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