Broiler chicken production

Asked November 17, 2019, 9:40 AM EST

Please what is the cause of cough,lameness in broiler chicken.

Northern Mariana Islands

1 Response

Broilers are typically harvested when they are fairly young (ranging from 7 to 14 weeks of age). For this reason, diseases in broilers are not that common if a biosecurity plan is followed (especially purchasing disease-free chicks and isolating new birds form other birds). A common disease that causes coughing in chickens is bronchitis. However there are other diseases that could have the same symptoms. Here is a link to an informative guide to poultry health for small flocks. See page 113 of the handbook for infectious respiratory diseases

Lameness is common in broilers for birds that are either not fed a proper ration (imbalance of nutrients) or kept too long (the bird's body weight is too much for their legs).