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The Thai Journal of Veterinary Medicine

Abstract

Semen quality is a crucial factor for predicting fertility and hatchability in several avian species including pigeons. To evaluate pigeon semen quality, prior dilution of semen was required due to its small volume with highly concentrated spermatozoa. Conventional crystalloid solutions—Normal saline (NSS) and Ringer’s solution (LRS) are common diluents for such a task; however, the unoptimized dilution rate of such diluents was a major cause contributing to inaccurate semen quality evaluation. Due to the lack of such knowledge in pigeons this study aimed to optimize the dilution rate of Normal saline (NSS) and Ringer’s solution (LRS) for pigeon semen quality evaluation. The semen of a total of 20 male racing pigeons was collected and diluted in NSS or LRS at 12.5-, 25-, 50-, 100-and 200-fold dilutions. Immediate percentages of sperm motility, progressive motility and viability were determined for each fold dilution. The 12.5-and 25-fold-diluted semen were further evaluated at 0, 0.5, 1 and 3 h of storage. The results showed that NSS and LRS rendered indifferent effects on immediate semen quality. However fold dilutions higher than 25 resulted in a great decline in semen quality both in NSS and LRS. Storage of 12.5-fold and 25-fold diluted semen resulted in a marked decrease of semen quality as soon as 0.5 h; however, LRS was better than NSS in terms of maintaining semen quality. This study thus supports immediate quality evaluation of pigeon semen—by which 12.5-25 fold-dilutions were suggested.

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