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 https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/agriculture-and-seafood/animal-and-crops/animal-production/small_flock_manual.pdf

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).