Many people have heard of probiotics and their healthful benefits in livestock, but what are probiotics exactly? What benefits can they offer if given to my chickens? Let’s explore what probiotics are and how they can aid your poultry flock’s health.
What are probiotics?
Poultry probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that aid in the gut health of the bird and thus, its general overall health. Probiotics are naturally occurring in foods that the bird consumes or can be added to food as a supplement.
Why use probiotics for chickens?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or so the saying goes. Probiotics may prevent sickness in a bird or from spreading throughout a flock. Probiotics help maintain a healthy gut biome in your chicken, and maintaining a healthy gut has a strong positive impact on a bird's overall health and ability to ward off illness.
If your bird does become ill, probiotics may also help your bird return to good health in a shorter period of time. A healthy gut biome in your chicken creates a positive impact on the overall health of the bird. Using a probiotic while a bird is sick or soon after it becomes sick aids in a quicker recovery.
There’s a reason commercial farmers and hatcheries are turning toward probiotics in their overall flock care routine, healthy chickens are happier, grow bigger, and lay more eggs. So why not take a secret from the pros and add a probiotic to your flock’s diet? They may thank you with a larger weekly egg count!
Where to get probiotics for chickens?
Finding a probiotic for your flock doesn’t have to be a hassle. Stromberg’s has created the ultimate in flock health with the Probiotics+ mixture. Simply add the recommended 1 gram per gallon amount to your flock’s daily drinking water. Probiotics+ provides not only healthy probiotics but additional electrolytes and vitamins as well.
Raising chicks? Those first critical hours are important not only to gain much-needed nourishment and hydration but to also make sure your birds have a healthy start. Peck n’ Grow is a supplement for chicks that contains water, nutrients, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, AND probiotics. Everything your chicks need to start out healthy and hardy.
Probiotics are a smart choice to add to your flock’s feed. Probiotics aid in a stronger immunity, a quicker recovery if a chicken is sick, and can result in a happier, more productive flock. Probiotics+ and Peck & Grow are recommended for a healthier flock.