Skin and Tissue Integrity

Skin and Tissue Integrity

September 13, 2019 0 By Ewald Bahringer


[Skin and Tissue Integrity] Skin and tissue integrity is crucial to the
overall health of the animal. Poor skin integrity can lead to serious
footpad problems. If the skin is in poor shape, the footpads
can tear and break, develop abrasions or blisters, and experience other
problems which can lead to bacterial infection. Footpad lesions allow for bacterial
infections to form, which can lead to infections in the knee joints, causing
synovitis and lameness. In direct contrast, poultry with healthy
footpads are going to be happier, better eaters, and healthier overall. There are many benefits to strong skin
and tissue integrity. Let’s look at a couple of examples: Strong skin integrity can help the
chicken resist scratches and, as a result, be better protected from invasion of
bacteria from the outside. Strong tissue integrity will result in
digestive tract tissues that are stronger and more elastic, with enhanced
ability to resist tearing or breaking during processing which can lead to
carcass contamination. Good nutrition and management play a role
in healthy skin, including footpads. Adequate consumption and absorption of
trace minerals are crucial to high skin quality. Biotin is also an important nutrient
for cross-linking in skin integrity, and methionine is a building block for proteins
that the skin needs. Aside from nutrition, footpad quality
also depends on management. Let’s review these management issues so you
can understand what concerns producers encounter in this area. Wet litter is one issue. Is the poultry housed where it is warm,
comfortable, and dry? Wet feet are more susceptible to
blisters and other problems. Breed is another consideration, as some
poultry species are genetically prone to footpad and skin problems. Growth is also a factor. The faster the
animal grows, the greater the challenge for skin growth to keep pace with the
animal. Producers can experience significant
footpad problems if skin growth and integrity aren’t optimized.