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Document Type

Research

Keywords

turkeys, Meleagris gallopavo, transponders, PIT tags, marking techniques

Abstract

Injectable, passive integrated transponders (PITs) were evaluated as a marking technique for newly hatched wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo Linnaeus) poults. Seven of 12, 3-day-old domestic turkey poults received a PIT implant and a wing tag. A control group of five poults received only a wing tag. Two subcutaneous implant sites were evaluated, along the right side of the neck and in the area between the right inner thigh and breast. One of7 PITs failed or was expelled during the first week. Four scanning errors, in which the PIT was present yet not detected during the initial scanning attempt, occurred in 7 3 scanning attempts during a 12-week period. All scanning errors were abdominal implanted PITs. Two of 4 PITs implanted in the neck were destroyed during a shock test while none of the abdominal PITs were damaged. PITs seemed to be an efficient and reliable marking technique and have potential for field applications to wild turkeys.

Publication Date

June 1993

Journal Title

Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

100

Issue

2

First Page

60

Last Page

61

Copyright

© Copyright 1993 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf