Toxicity of dietary lead in young cockerels

Veterinary and Human Toxicology
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Day-old cockerels received 1850 ppm dietary lead for 4 wks. Blood delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (ALAD) activity was reduced to 1.6% of control activity by the end of the study. Hemoglobin concentration (Hb) in lead-exposed cockerels was significantly less than that of controls at 7, 14, and 28 days, and packed cell volume (PCV) was significantly reduced at 14 days. Blood lead residues reached 832 ug/dl in exposed cockerels; kidney residues were about three times liver residues. At the termination of the study mean body weight of lead-exposed birds was 47% of controls.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Toxicity of dietary lead in young cockerels
Series title Veterinary and Human Toxicology
Volume 24
Issue 6
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher American College of Veterinary Toxicologists
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 3 p.
First page 421
Last page 423