Performance Record of a Parthenogenetic Turkey Male

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Science  02 Dec 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3440, pp. 1661
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3440.1661


A Beltsville Small White turkey poult of parthenogenetic origin hatched in the spring of 1958, matured, and produced semen containing viable spermatozoa. Semen from this male was used in January 1959 to inseminate seven virgin and seven previously mated Beltsville Small White turkey hens. Three hundred and twenty eggs were incubated, of which 175 or 54.7 percent were infertile. One hundred and twenty-two poults, about equally divided as to sex, hatched unaided from 145 fertile eggs.

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