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on April 30, 2013

Top 10 health concerns for layers and pullets

US layer and pullet flocks are generally healthy, but veterinarians have ranked the most commonly occurring diseases and syndromes for both cage-housed and cage-free layers and pullets.

Cannibalism and E. coli infections rank as the top two health concerns for both cage-housed and cage-free layers, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Veterinarians in Egg Production in the fall of 2012 (see Table 1). The survey asked veterinarian members to rate the prevalence of each…

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