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Study of association between drinking water quality and Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) vaccine response in Alberta layer farms

2022 CPRF,Environment and Management
The quality of drinking water is determined by its physical appearance, chemical, and microbiological contamination levels. Good quality drinking water in chickens not only improves the weight gain and production but also strengthens the immune response against diseases. In this study we aim at investigating the relationship between drinking water quality made available by the poultry producers in Alberta and serological response to several vaccines used by the pullet growers. Out of 170 table egg layer facilities in Alberta, 30-layer premises will be monitored for physical, chemical, and microbiological qualities of drinking water at three time points. Serum samples will be collected from 25 chickens per flock at the age of 18, 30 and 45 weeks and monitored serological response to vaccines using Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). We expect that there is an association between quality of drinking water and vaccine induced immune response in egg layers in Alberta. Finally, we will be able to provide guidelines to the egg layer farmers in Alberta emphasizing the importance of providing good quality drinking water to the chickens.
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infectious bronchitis virus,vaccine response,water quality
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