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3 Factors that Impact
Paw Health
Chicken paws have become a lucrative
commodity in the industry with millions
in exports annually. Paws also serve as an
indicator of animal welfare during audits
and can be a direct indicator of bird
performance. Footpad dermatitis (FPD),
the ulcerated lesions that can form on the
pad of the paw, has the power to disrupt
their potential. For the sake of welfare,
profitability and performance, it's important
to understand the top three factors that
influence paw health.
1/ Litter Moisture
High litter moisture content has been shown
to be a sole contributing factor to the development of FPD, especially before two weeks
and as early as 3-5 days of age, with levels
greater than 30% being very detrimental.
Focus on litter and moisture management
year-round to help avoid FPD. Even decaked
and windrowed litter can cause severe burns
if excess moisture is present.
2/ Bedding material and depth
The role of bedding material is to absorb
and then allow for evaporation of moisture,
which can be influenced by the material's
particle size, moisture content and build up,
and rate of caking. New bedding is often
placed at inadequate depths. Research has
shown a direct correlation between litter
depth and FPD with paw scores improving
as litter depth increased (Bilgili et al 2009).
Increased litter depth leads to decreased
moisture levels and improved paw quality,
which positively impacts bird performance
and health (Shepard et al 2017).
3/ Nutrition
Nutrition can impact the development of
FPD in various ways, including affecting
feces consistency and thus litter quality. For
example, excess sodium can increase water
intake thereby increasing litter moisture.
One study that examined diets with equal
protein:energy ratio with either low- or
high-density levels showed broilers raised
on the low-density diet had significantly
fewer FPD cases than the high-density fed
birds (de Jong et all 2015).
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Poultry USA - May 2019
Contents
It’s time to consider new poultry transport trailers
Poultry transparency: Two tales, same passion
Salmonella Reading outbreak challenges turkey industry
5 keys for controlling Salmonella on breeder farms
Salmonella prevention requires integrated approach
How to protect turkey flocks from heat stress
A new device for detecting woody breast
Where will chicken belong in the diet of the future?
12 feed antibiotic reduction lessons from EU producers
Is it time to rethink Campylobacter and broiler health?
Product Review
Market Place
Ad Index
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Contents
Poultry USA - May 2019 - It’s time to consider new poultry transport trailers
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Poultry transparency: Two tales, same passion
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - 5 keys for controlling Salmonella on breeder farms
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