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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


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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