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Observations on swollen head syndrome in broiler and broiler breeder chickens
  1. M Pattison,
  2. N Chettle,
  3. CJ Randall and
  4. PJ Wyeth
  1. Sun Valley Poultry Ltd, Hereford.


Chickens on 14 broiler breeder farms were examined at various times throughout their laying cycle. Antibodies to the turkey rhinotracheitis virus were common although they were not always accompanied by clinical signs of the swollen head syndrome. Ninety-nine broiler flocks were tested of which only 20 were serologically positive to the virus. Some of these infections were subclinical. On nine farms where swollen head syndrome occurred several successive flocks were sampled; the syndrome occurred intermittently.

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