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 Post subject: RICKETS (hypocalcaemic)
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:59 pm 
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Rickets (hypocalcaemic)

Introduction
Vitamin D deficiency or phosphorus/calcium imbalance is seen in chickens, turkeys and ducks worldwide.
Signs
•Lameness.
•Hock swelling.
•Soft bones and beak.
•Birds go off legs.
•Poor growth.
•Birds rest squatting.
•Reduction in bodyweight.

Post-mortem lesions
•Bones soft and rubbery.
•Epiphyses of long bones enlarged.
•Beading and fracture of ribs.
•Growth plates widened and disorganised.
•Beak soft.
•Parathyroids enlarged.

Diagnosis
History, signs, lesions. Differentiate from Encephalomalacia, Femoral Head Necrosis.

Treatment
Over-correct ration with three times vitamin D for 2 weeks, or Vitamin D or 25-hydroxy vitamin D in drinking water.

Prevention
Supplementation of vitamin D, proper calcium and phosphorus levels and ratio, antioxidants.


Courtousy of: A Pocket Guide to: Poultry Health and Disease
Authors: Paul McMullin


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 Post subject: Re: RICKETS (hypocalcaemic)
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:24 pm 
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Thanks I needed this info got sick of searching the web


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 Post subject: Re: RICKETS (hypocalcaemic)
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Can this affect guinea fowl? I have one that has trouble standing up


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