The Relationship Between Litter Moisture and Foot Pad Dermatitis

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Date: 
2010
Volume: 
22
Number: 
6
Tip Category: 
Bird heath
Litter quality

Footpad dermatitis (FPD) is a condition affecting broilers and turkeys and is known by a variety of names including pododermatitis and contact dermatitis. This condition is characterized by inflammation and necrotic lesions on the plantar surface of the footpads and toes. Deep ulcers may lead to abscesses and thickening of underlying tissues and structures. Prior to the mid 1980’s, chicken paws were of little economic value, and were rendered with feathers, blood, and other offal portions of the chicken. Rendering prices for these by- products were roughly $0.01/lb in the mid 1990’s.