Avian Gout: causes, treatment and prevention
Avian gout is a metabolic condition where abnormal accumulation of white chalky uric acid or urates occurs in soft tissues of various organs of body. It is commonly observed in chicken. There are two major forms of gout which are differentiated by the sites of uric acid deposition- visceral and articular gout.
For more than 30 years, Gout has been recognized in chicken. Visceral gout is considered to be the acute form of disease causing huge mortality, commonly found in broilers as young as 2-3 days old. In layers, pullets above 14 weeks are more likely to be affected.
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Article made possible through the contribution of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and technology (Skuast).