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Q: Nutritional Myopathy Overview

A:

Nutritional Myopathy Also called
White muscle disease, Nutritional Muscular Dystrophy

Prevalence-
Uncommon

Signs
General signs -
Muscular degeneration, slow growth.
Cardinal or diagnostic signs -
Muscular degeneration occurs primarily in breast and legs. Necroipsy shows white muscle striations

Cause/s -
Vitamin E deficiency paired with a deficiency in methionine and cysteine

Communicability -
Not communicable, but many members of a flock may share this problem if they're on the same deficient feed

Communicability to humans -
No.

Incubation period -
None, but as a deficiency, it takes some time to develop

Latent
No

Endemic
No

Home treatment and/or prevention -
Prevention: Provide a good, fresh, nutritionally balanced feed for your flock. Don't make the mistake of offering something like scratch only, or kitchen scraps only.

Treatment: Supplement with vitamin E, Selenium, and the amino acids methionine and cysteine

Veterinary care -A vet can diagnose this problem and suggest good supplements.

Recovery - If the illness is not too far advanced, birds will recover completely with proper nutrition.

Other conditions, illnesses and/or diseases with similar signs:
Can be mistaken for other illnesses causing slow growth or leg problems.

Also consider browsing through this list of other chicken illnesses with neurological symptoms.