Plasma chemistry reference values from captive red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa)

P. Rodríguez, F. S. Tortosa, J. Millán, C. Gortázar

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1. Haematological and plasma biochemical parameters of 66 captive red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa) of both sexes were analysed in order to determine reference values, taking sex and age into account. 2. There were no statistically significant differences in haematocrit, plasma glucose content or creatine kinase activity either with age or between sexes. 3. Plasma cholesterol concentrations showed differences between sexes, whereas the plasma concentrations of urea, uric acid and creatinine were significantly affected by age. 4. Plasma triglyceride and total protein concentrations were affected by both sex and age. 5. A peak at 6 months old in those parameters related to protein metabolism, such as urea, uric acid and creatinine may be related to the end of the growing period and the start of ovulation after moulting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-567
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Poultry Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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