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Sudden deaths in chickens: What are the causes?

Sudden deaths in chickens: What are the causes?

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Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) is also known as Acute Death Syndrome or Cardiac Death. It is associated with fast-growing broilers, which die suddenly with a short seizure. Many of the affected birds show no clinical signs or unusual behavior until less than a minute before death. Then a sudden cackle, loss of balance, convulsions, and frenzied flapping can be heard. Birds tend to die on their backs. Sudden death syndrome in the broiler production industry has caused great economic losses in recent years. This condition can occur in broilers of all ages, cases in which this syndrome affects other breeds of poultry are rare. Death occurs in a matter of minutes. Causes of sudden chicken death The cause of Sudden Death Syndrome in chickens is still unknown, but it is believed to be a metabolic...