The effect of a surgical thread placed in the uterus (shellgland) on the function of the sperm-host glands was investigated. It was confirmed by histological examination that treated birds, whether inseminated before or after surgery, had fewer spermatozoa in the glands than did untreated birds. No effect on the glandular secretions was revealed. These observations are discussed in relation to glandular function and the survival of spermatozoa within the oviduct.
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