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Effect of age and blood collection site on the metabolic profile of ostriches (Short communication)

G Moniello
F Bovera
IL Solinas
G Piccolo
W Pinna
A Nizza


The serum metabolic profile of ostriches was studied in relation to the blood collection site (jugular vs. wing vein) and age (1 vs. 2 years) on 20 male birds. Blood was collected from the birds in the morning, after 12 h of fasting. Different collection site did not affect the examined parameters, but some statistically significant differences were observed between the age groups. However, all the parameters agreed with the data reported in the literature and contribute to our knowledge of the metabolic profile of ostriches.

South African Journal of Animal Science Vol. 35(4) 2005: 268-272