Learning objectives:

  • Describe the normal anatomy of the growth plate in long bones.
  • Discuss the aetiology of skeletal problems commonly seen in broiler and broiler breeder chickens, including rotational/angular deformities, dyschondroplasia, rickets and infectious disorders caused by Staphylococcus and Reovirus.
  • Discuss the causes and prevention of osteoperosis in the layer hen.
  • Describe the main types, functions and locations of cells associated with the growth plate in the long bones of broiler chickens.

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