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1 July 2002 Evaluation of two techniques for attaching radio transmitters to turkey poults
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We conducted a pen study to evaluate two methods of attaching radio transmitters to Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) poults. Transmitters (1.8 g) were attached interscapularly to 2-d-old turkeys, either with glue or as implants. Attachment method had no detectable effect on the growth or survival of poults. Transmitter retention differed between the methods. Mean retention times were 27.6 d for glued backpacks and 30.5 d for interscapular implants. Ease of implementation and behavioral differences of birds immediately after application suggest that glued backpacks are preferred in situations where a retention time of 29 d is adequate.

Jeff Bowman, Mark C. Wallace, Warren B. Ballard, John H. Brunjes IV, Michael S. Miller, and James Marquette Hellman "Evaluation of two techniques for attaching radio transmitters to turkey poults," Journal of Field Ornithology 73(3), 276-280, (1 July 2002). https://doi.org/10.1648/0273-8570-73.3.276
Received: 15 June 2001; Accepted: 1 October 2001; Published: 1 July 2002
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