UNIT 13.4 Using Chicken Embryos for Teratology Studies

  1. Diane S. Henshel,
  2. Jamie DeWitt,
  3. Andrea Troutman

Published Online: 1 FEB 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471140856.tx1304s14

Current Protocols in Toxicology

Current Protocols in Toxicology

How to Cite

Henshel, D. S., DeWitt, J. and Troutman, A. 2003. Using Chicken Embryos for Teratology Studies. Current Protocols in Toxicology. 14:13.4:13.4.1–13.4.19.

Author Information

  1. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2003
  2. Published Print: NOV 2002


This unit describes methods for injecting, incubating, handling and analyzing domestic chicken embryos used in teratology studies. It also includes a discussion of caveats and special handling issues as well as some discussion of statistical analyses that differentiate working with chicken embryos from working with clutches of eggs or litters of pups. As an example of potential data, preliminary data from a study of abnormalities in early embryos and hatchling chicks exposed to chlordane are presented.