Office of Research Integrity

Use of Avian Eggs

Embryonated eggs are considered "nonvertebrate" prior to 18 days of age, and thus do not fall under the PHS Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. For eggs to be used prior to 18 days of age, a one-time completion of the Avian Embryo Research Notification is required. (11/09)

The MUSC IACUC requires that provisions be made for promptly euthanizing unintended hatchlings in a manner consistent with AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia, which currently cite barbiturates, inhalant anesthetics, and compressed CO2 gas in cylinders as acceptable euthanasia methods for fowl. For this reason, any accidental hatchlings must be euthanized with compressed CO2 in cylinders, or another AVMA-recommended means of euthanasia. (10/08)