Influence of laying hen systems on the mite fauna (Acari) community of commercial poultry farms in southern Brazil

Abstract

Intensive production of confined laying hens affects their welfare and increases the risk of epidemics. Ectoparasites as hematophagous and feather mites cause low productivity and decreased egg quality. This study aimed to determine the diversity of mites captured with traps in different commercial systems of laying hens (Gallus gallus L.) (Phasianidae) in… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-015-4756-9

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