Leg Problems in Broilers and Turkeys

Published on: 05/27/2008
Author/s : R. Scott Beyer, Poultry Specialist, Animal Sciences and Industry - Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

Leg problems can occur in fast-growing strains of broilers and turkeys. These disorders are not unique to small flocks; they also occur in commercial broiler and turkey flocks. Estimates of the incidence of leg and foot problems range from 0.5 to 4 percent of all broilers grown.What is a leg problem?Some birds may develop crooked legs, toes and feet; bowlegs; twisted joints; or swollen hock joints...

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May 27, 2008
I am pleased to read the article. I am a doctor [DVMMS (Pathology)] graduated from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Such type of article will help the world to develop poultry & livestock to meet the demand of present food crises. Thanking You.

Dr. Manik Chandra Paul
DVM MS (Pathology)
Product utive
The ACME Laboratories Ltd.
(a veterinary pharmaceutical company)
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May 27, 2008
Nice Article, but little confusion i.e Hubbard Company nowadays recommend 20% CP in starter ration. So that the skeletal growth should be proper and sound. Please tell me if 22-24% is must bcz most of the hatcheries in Pakistan now producing feed this new CP level.
Please tell me whether there is not much difference between these two levels, or have some significant affect on bird vigor or skeletal growth.

Syed Kaleem Ul Hassan
M.Phil Poultry Production
Lecturer, CVAS, Jhang.
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May 28, 2008
A practicle article. Brief and to the point. Peoples of poultry industry should read these kind of articles.

Wish you best of luck.

Dr. Munawar Ali
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Saif Ul Haq Saif Ul Haq
Specialist in Animal Nutrition
May 30, 2008
Dear Readers,
This is a very practical approach. I want to comment that commonly in Pakistan at appearance of first symptoms, hastly P and Ca inadaequacy is declared irrespective of all the factors my friend has wrote.
If this is the case benchmarking should be done by tibia ash analysis and serum P and Ca analysis.
Its a very fine article.
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Naeem Tariq Naeem Tariq
Veterinary Doctor
May 31, 2008
Good article - Low density ration is a good approach to reduce the leg problem, especially when the feed prices are increasing wordwide.
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DR SUSHANTTH  RAI, BELLIPADY DR SUSHANTTH RAI, BELLIPADY
Doctor of veterinary medicine
June 1, 2008
Dear Scott,

Excellent findings. Please you could also consider inadequate parent nutrition for lameness in broilers.

Dr Sushanth Rai
Raisons Breeders
Karnataka, India
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ibrahim ahmed ibrahim ahmed
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
December 25, 2008
I am pleased to read the article. This article will help the world to develop poultry & livestock to meet the demand of present food crises.
But if you next time may add the leg problems in ducks causses and remedies.
Thanking You.

Dr Ibrahim Ahmed
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December 25, 2008
Thank you very much for the useful information.
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April 8, 2012
I am pleased to read the article.
Please add the different types of diseases caused by vitamin and mineral of poultry and cattle.

Thanking You.

Ms. Salma Begum
Sr. Product Executive
The ACME Lab. Ltd.
Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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