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Correlation between footpad lesions and systemic bacterial infections in broiler breeders
- Thøfner, Ida Cecilie Naundrup, Poulsen, Louise Ladefoged, Bisgaard, Magne, Christensen, Henrik, Olsen, Rikke Heidemann, Christensen, Jens Peter
- Veterinary research 2019 v.50 no.1 pp. 38
- Gram-positive bacteria, animal welfare, bacterial infections, broiler breeders, dermatitis, feet, lesions (animal), pain
- 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.