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Correlation between footpad lesions and systemic bacterial infections in broiler breeders

Authors
  • Thøfner, Ida Cecilie Naundrup1
  • Poulsen, Louise Ladefoged1
  • Bisgaard, Magne2
  • Christensen, Henrik1
  • Olsen, Rikke Heidemann1
  • Christensen, Jens Peter1
  • 1 University of Copenhagen, Department of Veterinary and Animal Science, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Stigbøjlen 4, Frederiksberg, 1870, Denmark , Frederiksberg (Denmark)
  • 2 Bisgaard Consulting, Horsevænget 40, Viby Sjælland, 4130, Denmark , Viby Sjælland (Denmark)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Veterinary Research
Publisher
BioMed Central
Publication Date
May 22, 2019
Volume
50
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s13567-019-0657-8
Source
Springer Nature
License
Green

Abstract

Footpad lesions are an important factor in evaluation of animal welfare in broilers regulated by law; however, no legal requirements have been set for the parent birds. Nevertheless, the present study confirms that foot health in broiler breeders declines significantly with increasing age, thus potentially impairing the animal welfare due to pain and discomfort from footpad dermatitis. Furthermore, this is the first report demonstrating a correlation between the presence of footpad lesions and systemic bacterial infections with Gram-positive cocci in broiler breeder birds.

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