Lameness: What’s wrong with my birds?

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Chickens raised for commercial meat production are selectively bred to reach market weight quickly. This rapid growth, however, can place increasing demands on the bird’s skeletal system resulting in impaired locomotion.
Nutrition plays a significant role in skeletal health and development, thus there are a multitude of nutritional factors can lead to musculoskeletal diseases which are commonly characterized by lameness. It is important to identify and understand these risk factors in order to develop a prevention or mitigation strategy to reduce incidence of lameness in poultry flocks.
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