Feed enzyme supplementation does not ameliorate Foot Pad Dermatitis in broiler chickens fed on a corn-soyabean diet

Br Poult Sci. 2012;53(4):401-7. doi: 10.1080/00071668.2012.711467.


1. Foot Pad Dermatitis (FPD) can be a serious health, quality and welfare problem in poultry production, with a significant affect on the economics of production. The physico-chemical properties of (NSP) have been correlated with increases in excreta viscosity and adherence, and hence FPD in broiler chickens. 2. Two broiler experiments were conducted to evaluate the effects of different dietary non-starch polisaccharide (NSP) applications to corn-soyabean based diets in replicated floor pens. In addition to live performance, the incidence and severity of FPD was scored and, in experiment 2, intestinal viscosity and ammonia volatilization were measured. 3. Live performance did not vary with the different treatments in either experiment and the incidence and severity of FPD, and ammionia volatisation in experiment 2, were unaffected. However, birds reared on enzyme supplemented diets had lower (P < 0·001) intestinal viscosity levels in experiment 1. 4. In this study with corn-soyabean meal based diets, dietary enzyme supplementation had no affect on the incidence and severity of FPD. The lack of an association between the excreta viscosity and FPD is attributed to the multifactorial etiology of this condition.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ammonia / metabolism
  • Animal Feed / analysis
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Animals
  • Chickens* / growth & development
  • Dermatitis / drug therapy
  • Dermatitis / epidemiology
  • Dermatitis / microbiology
  • Dermatitis / veterinary*
  • Diet / veterinary*
  • Dietary Supplements / analysis*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Enzymes
  • Female
  • Foot Diseases / drug therapy
  • Foot Diseases / epidemiology
  • Foot Diseases / microbiology
  • Foot Diseases / veterinary*
  • Incidence
  • Intestines / physiology
  • Male
  • Polysaccharides / administration & dosage
  • Poultry Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Poultry Diseases / epidemiology
  • Poultry Diseases / microbiology
  • Soybeans / metabolism
  • Zea mays / metabolism


  • Enzymes
  • Polysaccharides
  • Ammonia