Age influence on digestive transit time of particulate and soluble markers in broiler chickens.

P. Vergara, M. Jimenez, C. Ferrando, E. Fernandez, E. Goñalons

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Abstract

The gastrointestinal transit-time of two markers, Cr-mordanted bran, a solid marker, and Cr-EDTA, a soluble marker, have been studied in chickens (Gallus gallus) at 1, 2, and 3 wk of age. Mean retention time of the particular marker decreased as chicks grew. The excretion of Cr-EDTA took longer as birds grew; this soluble marker was retained in the ceca of the fowl. It was postulated that the ceca are not fully functional until total resorption of the yolk sac content occurs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-189
JournalPoultry Science
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989

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