Regional variation in cortical bone properties from broiler fowl - a first look
Bonser, R. H. C. and Casinos, A. (2003) Regional variation in cortical bone properties from broiler fowl - a first look. British Poultry Science, 44 (3). pp. 350-354. ISSN 0007-1668
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1. We used microhardness testing as a probe for fine-scale regional variation in the mechanical performance of bone and present data showing the extent of regional variation in the femora and humeri of 7-week-old broiler birds. 2. Ash content of dry bone was broadly correlated with microhardness, although there is some evidence that the relationship linking the two differs between the femur and the humerus. 3. Regional variations in the properties of bone from poultry are widely overlooked in the literature. Awareness of them is vital and existing measures of bone 'strength' may be misleading if local variation in properties is not taken into account when exploring the effects of nutrition and husbandry practices on bone mechanical performance.