Laying hens

Disease

 

Caged hens can be prone to a wide range of disease problems due to overcrowding. Damage to their feet and claws can also occur causing foot infections. Infectious bronchitis, leukosis and egg peritonitis are other problems encountered by laying hens.  

 

  

Avian Coccidiosis

This is a parasite that affects chickens. It develops inside cells lining the intestine and they reproduce causing bleeding and swelling of the gut. This stops the ability of a hen to absorb nutrients from its food and death may occur.  
Bacterial infections

Many hens are infected with salmonella and campylobacter, even though they may not show any symptoms. Salmonella causes infection in both animals and humans. It lives in the digestive tract of a wide range of mammals. Eggs from infected hens may contain salmonella which can cause severe food poisoning in humans with symptoms of high temperature, diarrhoea and blood poisoning.  

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