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.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1989|