Rickets & Metabolic Bone Disease In Growing Poultry

Published on: 07/24/2017
Author/s : Bruce Hunter 1, Ashley Whiteman1, Babak Sanei 2 and Al Dam 2. / 1 University of Guelph, Canada; 2 OMAFRA, Ontario, Canada.

Species Rickets and nutritionally based bone problems occur very frequently in backyard and specialty types of birds. All birds, particularly fast growing birds fed "home-formulated" diets may be affected.   Status in Canada Nutritional bone problems occur commonly any bird species fed diets other than those commercially formulated and targeted for that species and particular age of the...

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Henrique Marcos Borochovitz Henrique Marcos Borochovitz
Veterinary Doctor
July 24, 2017
Very important a quantity of the food eat a day. If not eat don't receive a quantity of calcium and phosphate and vitamin d.
July 25, 2017
Any toxic problem this type of mortality and leasion are notified?
July 25, 2017
Informative article
daniel severino daniel severino
July 28, 2017

Thank you for this great information. We have learned that we should get good grades of grains and get proper feeds.

July 29, 2017
In broilers and layers, it is possible to see this problem.
Whenever I obtain the confirmation both clinically and in post-mortem,
I advise a treatment with CALCIUM GRIT in the feed plus VITAMIN AD3E in water.
I take a sample of the feed to check the level of CALCIUM.
The type of CALCIUM in the feed is important.
A mixture of COARSE + FINE calcium is advisable depending on the type of birds.
August 9, 2017
Since I started formulating my own feeds, I have observed that the leg problem I was experiencing with the broilers has reduced. I use DCP 18%. I use 2.5kg DCP to 490kg feed. The experts can advise as to whether this is the collect amount I use. Thanks for the educative article. Gedion Mutambo, Broiler Farmer.
March 10, 2019

I have problems with my broiler birds, they can stand to eat n drink water and they are losing weight every day, please advice me on what drugs to administer to them. I do buy a bags food for them (Top feed produce in Nigeria). Thanks

June 9, 2019
Thnks too much informative but I think this problem started at any age but growing age is more required to observe
July 22, 2021
The information is very useful, thanks.
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