Infection of broiler parent hens with avian intestinal spirochaetes: effects on egg production and chick quality.

@article{Dwars1993InfectionOB,
  title={Infection of broiler parent hens with avian intestinal spirochaetes: effects on egg production and chick quality.},
  author={Roelof M Dwars and Frans G Davelaar and H Friso Smit},
  journal={Avian pathology : journal of the W.V.P.A},
  year={1993},
  volume={22 4},
  pages={693-701}
}
Broiler parent hens were inoculated with avian intestinal spirochaetes several weeks before the onset of egg production. The infection persisted, wet droppings developed, and egg production, mean egg weight and carotenoid contents of the eggs were decreased. Hatching eggs were collected and incubated. In broilers which hatched from these eggs, reduced gain in body weight at 2 and 3 weeks of age, wet droppings, low plasma carotenoid concentration and elevated alkaline phosphatase activity in the… CONTINUE READING

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