Wet litter not only induces footpad dermatitis but also reduces overall welfare, technical performance and carcass yields in broiler chickens
Jan Van Harn, H. Gunnink and I.C. de Jong (Wageningen UR Livestock Research)
IntroductionFootpad dermatitis (FPD), also called footpad lesions or pododermatitis, is a major welfare concern in broiler chickens. Severe FPD is likely to be painful for the birds, and because of its association with litter quality it also reflects other welfare aspects (Haslam et al., 2007).Wet litter is the most important factor causing FPD in broiler chickens (Shepherd et al. 2010). It can be...