New method for objectively assessing lameness in broiler chickens.

@article{Weeks2002NewMF,
  title={New method for objectively assessing lameness in broiler chickens.},
  author={Claire A. Weeks and T G Knowles and Richard G. Gordon and Amanda R E Kerr and S T Peyton and N T Tilbrook},
  journal={The Veterinary record},
  year={2002},
  volume={151 25},
  pages={762-4}
}
A new method for assessing the severity of lameness in broiler chickens is described. The length of time that birds remained standing in shallow water was measured and the results were compared with the results of conventional gait scoring. There was a highly significant (P < 0.001) relationship between the birds' gait scores and their latency to lie down. Over 750 broilers aged between 32 and 45 days of age were tested in commercial houses and whereas nearly all the sound birds were able to… CONTINUE READING

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