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Commonly diagnosed conditions of gamebird chicks

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Fig A presents a breakdown of the conditions diagnosed in brooding chicks (aged one week or less) from all gamebird species submitted to SAC C VS between 2014 and 2017. Analysis indicates that yolk sac infection, starve-out and rotavirus infection were the most common problems identified.

Fig A: SAC C VS diagnoses of conditions of gamebird chicks 2014 to 2017

Yolk sac infection

The risk of yolk sac infection is increased by poor hygiene both at the time of laying and in the hatchery. The yolk sac is drawn into the abdomen prior to hatching and infected yolk sacs are larger …

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