- Volume 15 Issue 2
This study was undertaken to obtain more detailed knowledge of the oxygen consumption rate of chick embryos, of the relationship between the increasing rate of embryo weight and that of oxygen consumption, of the daily increase of oxygen consumption by that of embryo weight, and of the metabolic rate of the White Leghorn eggs. The results obtained are summarized as follows. 1. The average oxygen consumption rate of the chicken embryo at the 3rd day of incubation is 0.8ml/h, STPD. It is strongly suggested that this value can used as a physiological criterion to classify the fertilized and unfertilized eggs, on the other hand oxygen consumption rate of the fertilized eggs reaches a plateau between the 18th and 20th days. 2. There exists a parallel relationship between the increasing rate of embryo weight and that of oxygen consumption rate during the incubation period. 3. There are not exist a parallel relationship between the daily increase of embryo weight and that of oxygen consumption during the whole incubation period. 4. The metabolic rate of chicken embryo(ml/h/g) is highest in the early stage of incubation and it started to decrease sharply until the 8th day follow by slow decrease thereafter.