Serum total calcium, phosphorus, 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, and endochondral ossification defects in commercial broiler chickens.
SA Vaiano, JK Azuolas, GB Parkinson, PC Scott
Poult Sci | Published : 1994
The research described in this paper relates the changes in serum concentration of calcium, phosphorus, and 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol [1,25(OH)2D3] to changes in tibial ash percentage and the incidence of endochondral ossification defects (EOD) in flocks of commercially reared broiler chickens at 14 d of age. Sequential studies of six Australian broiler flocks representing three major genetic lines were undertaken at weekly intervals from 1 to 28 d of age. Serum collected from birds was analyzed for total calcium, inorganic phosphorus, and 1,25(OH)2D3. Tibial ash percentage was also determined at weekly intervals, and the incidence of EOD was determined at 14 d of age by examining sagitt..View full abstract