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Table 3 Mean ± SE duration (s) of behavioural and physiologic responses for each euthanasia method in 8 and 18 w.o. turkeys

From: Electroencephalographic, physiologic and behavioural responses during cervical dislocation euthanasia in turkeys

Parameters Method1 Analysis
Pentobarbital sodium CD MCD F p value
Clonic convulsions 20 ± 17a 62 ± 10b 6.8 0.003
Tonic convulsions 50 ± 7a 23 ± 4b 13.6 < 0.0001
Motionless 254 ± 22 214 ± 26 202 ± 16 1.9 0.2
Gasping 45 ± 22a 253 ± 13b 71.3 < 0.0001
Feather erection 38 ± 10 48.5 ± 12 19 ± 7 2.7 0.1
  1. 1The effect of method compares pentobarbital sodium vs. mechanical cervical dislocation (MCD) vs. manual cervical dislocation (CD)
  2. a,b Indicated differences observed within row (difference within method)