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Avian Dis. 1998 Apr-Jun;42(2):225-9.

Inflammation of the bronchi in broiler chickens, associated with barn dust and the influence of barn temperature.

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Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.


Broiler chickens were raised in separate rooms kept at temperatures of either 27 C or 16 C from 28 through 39 days of age. At the high temperature mouth breathing was recorded, but it was absent at the lower temperature. The number of dust particles in the air was greater in the warm rooms. More than 50% of the chickens in warm rooms had microscopic lesions in the bronchi of their lungs, whereas fewer than 5% of chickens in cold rooms had such lesions. Large dust particles were visible in some of the lesions. It was postulated that the increased incidence of lung lesions in chickens from warm rooms was due to mouth breathing rather than the higher dust levels in the air of these rooms.

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