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Mortality and growth performance of broilers given drinking water supplemented with chicken-specific probiotics.

For application in broiler production, we developed a multispecies (MSPB) and a chicken-specific ( CSPB) probiotic preparation in fluid form. The MSPB contained different probiotic species of human origin, whereas the CSPB consisted of 7 Lactobacillus species isolated from the digestive tract of chickens. In a field trial with broilers, MSPB treatment resulted in a slight increase (by 1.84%) in broiler productivity based on an index taking into account daily weight gain, feed efficiency, and mortality. The CSPB treatment reduced mortality in 2 subsequent field trials and raised productivity by 2.94 and 8.70%. In a controlled trial with broilers showing a high index of productivity, probiotic treatment further raised productivity by 3.72%. Based on the present 4 studies in combination with 9 studies published earlier, it is suggested that with higher productivity rates of the broilers the effect of probiotics becomes smaller.[1]

References

  1. Mortality and growth performance of broilers given drinking water supplemented with chicken-specific probiotics. Timmerman, H.M., Veldman, A., van den Elsen, E., Rombouts, F.M., Beynen, A.C. Poult. Sci. (2006) [Pubmed]
 
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