All Cooped Up: Omphalitis, or “Mushy chick disease”

All Cooped Up: Omphalitis, or “Mushy chick disease”
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes All Cooped Up is a new feature, profiling poultry diseases and how to prevent/treat them, written as a collaboration between medical professional Lacey Hughett and University of Pennsylvania poultry specialist Dr. Sherrill Davison. The facts: What is it?  A noncontagious disease found in newly hatched poultry.  Causative Agent: A variety of opportunistic bacterial organisms. Incubation period: 1-3 days.  Disease duration: One week.  Morbidity: Up to 15% in chickens, and as high as 50% in some turkey flocks.  Mortality: Fairly high. Signs: An inflamed and open navel, depressed appearance, anorexia, dehydration, lethargy, and systemic failure to thrive. Diagnosis: Generally can done at home with supporting evidence. Treatment: Supportive treatment and prevention. Download the Omphalitis Flock Files Here! The scoop: Omphalitis is a fairly common infection, also known as mushy chick disease or yolk sac infection, and it occurs in the first few days of a bird’s

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