Factors influencing early poult flip-overs in experimental populations of turkeys

D. Noble, K. Nestor, C. Polley
1999 Poultry Science  
Abbreviation Key: E = subline of RBC1 selected long-term for increased egg production; EPF = early poult flip-overs; F = a line of turkeys selected long-term for increased 16-wk BW; h 2 = heritability; RBC1 = randombred control line. ABSTRACT A large number of poults from a line (E) selected long-term for increased egg production were observed, in recent generations, to flip over during the week immediately after hatching. This condition, termed early poult flip-overs (EPF), is characterized by
more » ... the poults falling on their back and being unable to right themselves without assistance. Poults that flip over more than once appear to lack neurological control, lying on their backs with their legs paddling. If handled, the affected poult moves its head laterally and after several seconds appears to go to sleep. When placed on litter, the poult has no sense of balance and falls to one side or the other and starts paddling its feet. Poults that flip over may also chirp loudly. Observations from previous years indicate that no bacterial infectious agent was associated with the EPF condition. Affected poults have increased mortality relative to normal poults that do not flip over. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of inheritance, beak trimming, hatching time, genetic growth potential, and poult hydration on the incidence of EPF. (
doi:10.1093/ps/78.2.178 pmid:10051028 fatcat:br3sdmfbirgghjrshoj6d7jly4