METABOLIC DISEASES AND CONDITION

Written by: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky

Poultry can suffer from a number of diseases and conditions related to metabolism.

  • Sudden death syndrome (SDS), also known as flip-over disease, is characterized by the sudden death of birds that show no clinical signs of illness. SDS is believed to be a metabolic disease related to high carbohydrate intake.
  • Ascites, also known as”‘water belly,” is a disease in which fluid accumulates in a bird’s abdominal cavity.
  • Green muscle disease, also called deep pectoral myopathy, is a degenerative muscle disease that affects the breast tenderloin (minor pectoral muscle) deep within the breast.

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