J. Phys. IV France
Volume 107, May 2003
Page(s) 3 - 6

J. Phys. IV France
107 (2003) 3
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030230

Cu influence on hens egg productivity

I.A. Afonina1, E.S. Kleptsyna1, V.L. Petukhov2, S.A. Patrashkov2 and G.N. Korotkoval2

1  Tomsk Agricultural Institute
2  Research Institute of Veterinary Genetics and Animal Breeding of Novosibirsk State Agrarian University, 160 Dobrolubov Str., Novosibirsk 630039, Russia

The high Cu content was detected in water, soil and plants of some areas in East Siberia region [1]. That is why it is necessary to study the influence of Cu on animals'productivity and morbidity. 5 group of cross Rodonit hens were taken for an experiment. For 30 days the hens from experimental groups (2-5) were drunk with water where Cu content was 5, 10, 20 and 30 times higher than the upper limits (UL). In group 1 (control) the egg laying was 0.63 and in group 2 (5 UL) -0.70. Hens of group 3 (10 UL) decreased the egg productivity for 6 days followed by their 3-day cease to lay egg. From the 10th to 22nd day of the experiment the egg productivity restoring was marked (to 0.55). Besides 20% of the hens died for the last 10 days. In group 4 (20 UL) the dramatic decrease in the egg laying was revealed at the very onset and the productivity breaking off from the 9th ... 12th day of the study. 70% of the hens died during the first 13 ... 17 days. In group 5 (30 UL) the egg productivity was 5 times less than in the control for the first decade and all the hens died for 2 ... 14 days. Thus, Cu is toxic in concentrations more than 10 UL and may cause the decrease of the egg productivity and even death of hens.

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