5 Frequently Asked Questions About Probiotics For Poultry
Probiotics are defined as living microorganisms that when administered in a suitable and regular amount, can bring health benefits to the host animal. A U.S. company has listed five of the most common questions about feeding probiotics to poultry.
"Probiotic supplements help fill the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria," said Julian (Skip) Olson, Dairy Technical Service Manager. "Feeding probiotics can help support the animal's immune system and keep the flock healthy and happy."
Here are five common questions about poultry probiotics：
1. Why do my chickens need probiotics?
"Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms," Olson said. "They help support digestive health by supporting more diversified beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract." Digestive health is especially important for developing healthy chickens. Birds establish intestinal microflora through the feeds they eat and the environment they feed. "The goal of feeding probiotics is to fill the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria, so the growth space of pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella and Clostridium becomes smaller ," Olson said. "Bringing early-life probiotics to chicks can help them get healthy."
2. What kind of probiotics should I feed my sheep?
Various bacterial strains can be found in probiotics. However, it is important to choose the right probiotic strain to achieve the desired benefits. "When looking for a probiotic for your birds, just like looking for a Bacillus subtilis, a very hardy beneficial bacteria population that can multiply quickly. Other probiotics are usually bacterial mixtures, such as lactic acid bacteria, double Bacteroides and other unknown strains," Olson said
3.How does the Bacillus subtilis probiotic work?
There are many Bacillus subtilis strains in nature. Like other feed ingredients - vitamins, minerals and proteins - it's important to choose the right product for your bird needs. The role of probiotics in poultry includes maintenance of normal intestinal microflora through competitive rejection and antagonism, resulting in:
· Alter metabolism by increasing digestive enzyme activity and reducing bacterial enzyme activity and ammonia synthesis
· Improve feed intake and digestion
·Neutralizes enterotoxins and stimulates the immune system
"This means that good bacteria multiply rapidly and does not allow harmful bacteria to grow and take over," Olson said. "If the right probiotics are chosen, the microbial community will remain stable while reducing the risk of intestinal pathogens becoming a problem."
4. When should probiotics be provided?
"Probiotics can be given to birds of all ages. Although they can be fed daily to maintain a healthy digestive system, probiotics work best after stress and antibiotic therapy," said Olson. Poultry can withstand stress at different times of life, including:
· New environment
· Changes in feed and water
"The animal's immune system is suppressed during times of stress. Their feed and water intake may also decrease at the same time," Olson said. "In addition to maintaining moisture and providing supportive products, including probiotics, it is important to help them maintain cleanliness, dry and comfort as much as possible."
5. How can I feed my chicken with probiotics?
“Probiotics appear in powder form and can be easily mixed into water and then fed to the birds with drinking water,” Olson said.
· Mix with clean, cool water
· Offer plain drinking water in addition to the mixed solution in a separate container
· Mix fresh solution daily
· Refrigerate mixed solution for up to 48 hours; discard any unused solution after 48 hour
"Feeding probiotics can help your sheep's health begin. Continue feeding probiotics at every stage of life to maintain a healthy digestive system," Olson said