Reduction of Lameness in Poultry - Could Probiotics Have an Impact?
Author: Michaela Mohnl
Lameness is a growing problem in modern poultry and one of the signifi cant causes of mortality in broilers. It affects mobility of the birds and is usually related with pain. Lameness will cause birds to suffer and limit their natural movements, likely resulting in reduced feed and water intake. Leg disorders and lameness adversely affect the performance and wellbeing of poultry while increasing morbidity and mortality, which cause signifi cant economic losses to the poultry industry. Some approaches to reduce the incidence of lameness are available to the industry but could probiotics also have an impact?