Study on Mechanism of Ascites Syndrome of Broilers
J.L. Guo, Q.H. Zheng, Q.Q. YIN, W. Cheng and Y.B. Jiang
DOI : 10.3844/ajavsp.2007.62.65
American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 3
Two hundred and forty male Cobb broilers were used to study the reasons of causing ascites. The results showed that cold ambient temperature could induce ascites (33.89% vs. 2.50%) and significantly increase triiodothyronine (T3), but reduce thyroxine (T4) concentrations in plasma (p<0.05). The ascitic broilers had high concentrations of aldosterone and K+, but low concentrations of T3 and T4 in the plasma (p<0.05). The lower body weight and higher relative heart, lung and liver weight of the ascitic broilers demonstrated the metabolic disarrangement. When ascites occurred, hematocrit in blood increased significantly (p<0.05). The mash feed could reduce body weight and the onset of ascites, compared with the pellet feed.
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