Effects of putative stressors and adrenocorticotropic hormone on plasma concentrations of corticosterone in market-weight male turkeys.
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There is limited information on the effects of stress and/or physiological manipulation on plasma concentrations of corticosterone (CORT) in turkeys. Under basal conditions, there was evidence for episodic release of CORT in turkeys. The present studies determine the effects of handling, herding, herding, the administration of Escherichia coli endotoxin, and challenge with turkey adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) on plasma concentrations of CORT in market-weight male turkeys. Plasma concentrations of CORT were increased after challenge with turkey ACTH, handling together with saline injection or herding (moving birds from one pen to another). There were no effects on plasma concentrations of CORT of the following putative stressors: handling per se, endotoxin challenge, or of placing in an inverted position on simulated shackles.