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Studies on Semen Morphology and Effects of Artificial Insemination on Hatchability in Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo)

Studies on Semen Morphology and Effects of Artificial Insemination on Hatchability in Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo)

Irfan1,*, Arshad Javid7, Muhammad Ashraf2, Athar Mahmud3, Muhammad Altaf4, Syed Makhdoom Hussain5, Muhammad Shahbaz4 and Khalid Javed Iq

1Department of Zoology, Government College University, Lahore
2Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
3Department of Poultry Production, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
4Department of Zoology, Women University Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Bagh
5Department of Zoology, Government College University, Faisalabad
6Department of Life Sciences, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur
7Department of Wildlife and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore

Corresponding author: irfanbaboo@gmail.com

 

ABSTRACT
Morphological characteristics of turkey Meleagris gallopavo semen were recorded and hatchability percentages of the artificially inseminated hens were assessed. To study the effect of natural mating on hatchability 15 (3♂, 12♀) M. gallopavo were randomly selected, were kept separately and were allowed to mate through stud mating. For artificial insemination, male (n = 3) and female (n = 12) birds were kept separately. Semen of the male birds was collected on weekly basis to record morphological characteristics and to inseminate the female birds. Mean abnormal spermatozoa rate was 14.61±1.61% with most common acrosome defects 39.67±3.80 % followed by defects in mid-piece 29.61±0.24%, head defects 10.15±1.21% and tail defects 20.57±1.97%. Laid eggs were collected, stored and were incubated for hatching. Hatchability percentage in artificially inseminated hens was greater 88.30% than natural mating 80.51%.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 50, Iss. 5, Pages 1601-1998

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