Anasarca and myopathy in ostrich chicks

A W Philbey, C Button, A W Gestier, B E Munro, J R Glastonbury, M Hindmarsh, S C Love

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Abstract

Twenty ostrich chicks that died at, or within, 1 week after hatching were examined from 7 farms with poor (43 to 75%) hatchability. All chicks had anasarca and 15 had mild, generalised, acute degenerative changes in the complexus and pelvic limb muscles. One had fibrinoid degeneration of arterioles. Biochemical examinations produced no evidence of deficiencies of selenium, vitamin A or vitamin E. The syndrome was related to high relative humidity during incubation. Malpositioning also was a cause of embryo mortality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-40
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian veterinary journal
Volume68
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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