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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 10  |  Issue: 6  |  Page No.: 998 - 1000

Effect of Progesterone Secretion on Egg Production in the Grey Helmet Guinea Fowl (Numida meleagris galleata)

F.D. Adeyinka, L.O. Eduvie, I.A. Adeyinka, G.E. Jokthan and M. Orunmuyi    

Abstract: The effect of progesterone (P4) on egg production was investigated using twenty female guinea fowls raised on deep litter. The birds were given feed and water ad-libitum. They were routinely bled by wing jab between the hours of 9.00 and 10.00 am twice a month for P4 determination. Sera harvested from the samples were stored at -20°C until assayed for P4 by Radio-Immuno-Assay method (RIA). Egg production had a very high (p<0.001) and positive correlation with progesterone level. A high value of coefficient of determination (R2 value) was observed, which implies that there is a high accuracy of prediction of egg production from progesterone level.

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