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Intussusception


Extracted From:
A Pocket Guide to
Poultry Health
and
Disease
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By Paul McMullin
© 2004
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Introduction

A condition of chickens associated with increased intestinal motility. Coccidiosis, worms and other forms of enteritis are predisposing factors.

Signs

  • Mainly sudden deaths.

Post-mortem lesions

  • Telescoping of the bowel, usually in the lower small intestine; it may actually protrude at the vent and be cannibalised.

Diagnosis

Typical post-mortem lesions

Treatment

As appropriate for the underlying disease condition.

Prevention

Control of coccidiosis and other causes of intestinal inflammation. Careful attention to feeding practices to avoid anticipation of feed arrival if on restricted feeding.

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