l Disease status of US flocks – no major problems l
increased incidence of clinical myco-plasmosis (MG) in vaccinated flocks.
The F-strain vaccine appears to be
less effective when administered by
the spray route but frequently provides
protection if instilled by eye drop. In
some cases tylosin is used to suppress
clinical signs of MG.
Cannibalism remains a major problem in non-confined flocks and is multifactorial in origin. Lack of socializa-
tion during the pullet phase, failure to
provide perches and “escape areas,”
light intensity can all exacerbate cannibalism which can result in up to 30%
Cannibalism remains a major problem in
non-confined flocks and is multifactorial
improper beak treatment when applied
at either the hatchery or at 7 to 10 days
without subsequent “tipping,” and high
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losses in a floor-housed flock from 35
weeks to depletion.
Diseases which were previously
prevalent but are now seldom encountered include pox, cholera, coryza and
erysipelas. Although infectious bursal
disease is not recognized as a significant clinical condition, immunosup-pression in all probability is responsible for a decreased response to vaccination and increased susceptibility to
secondary bacterial agents including
avian pathogenic E. coli. EI
Dr. Eric Gingerich is a staff veterinarian at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
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