In ovo feeding; a promising approach?
It is known that the timing and form of nutrients supplied post-hatch is
critical for development of gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It has also been shown
that early access to feed enhances growth of the intestinal tract.
It should be reasonable to assume that providing feed to the developing
embryo (into amniotic fluid) could be considered as an early access to exogenous
nutrients which may enhance GI tract development and affect performance of
The added nutrients are subsequently exposed to the tissues of GI tract after
the embryo naturally consumes the amniotic fluid prior to piping and are then
subjected to digestion and absorption by the embryonic intestine.
â€¢ How practical do you think this approach is for the poultry industry on a
â€¢ This technology comes at a cost.
â€¢ Do you think that better performance of injected day-old chicks can
possibly compensate the cost of this technique?
â€¢ What are the potential limiting factors which might affect widespread use
of this technology?
â€¢ Let's share our opinions/experiences here.
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