Probiotics are dietary supplements and live microorganisms containing potentially beneficial bacteria or yeasts. Probiotics are: ‘Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host’.
Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are the most common type of microbes used. LAB have been used in the food industry for many years, because they are able to convert sugars (including lactose) and other carbohydrates into lactic acid. Strains of the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, are the most widely used probiotic bacteria.
Probiotic bacterial cultures are intended to assist the body's naturally occurring gut flora, an ecology of microbes, to re-establish themselves. They are recommended by Avian nutritionists, after a course of antibiotics, or as part of the treatment for gut related candidiasis. In these cases, the bacteria that work well with our bodies may decrease in number, an event which allows harmful competitors to thrive, to the detriment of our birds health. Claims are made that probiotics strengthen the immune system to combat allergies, stress, exposure to toxic substances, and other diseases.
What do they do?
Probiotic bacteria favorably alter the intestinal microflora balance, inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, promote good digestion, boost immune function, and increase resistance to infection. Birds with flourishing intestinal colonies of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora by producing organic compounds—such as lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetic acid—that increase the acidity of the intestine and inhibit the reproduction of many harmful bacteria. Probiotic bacteria also produce substances called bacteriocins, which act as natural antibiotics to kill undesirable microorganisms.
Avi d’Or is a product based on vegetable fatty acid chains that help to prevent E.coli, clostridium, salmonella and other bacterial infections. Aromabiotic, an antibiotic alternative based on medium chain fatty acids, against Salmonella enteritidis and S. java in broiler chickens and S. typhimurium in birds. Aromabiotic was added to the drinkingwater as an acidifier. It was shown that Aromabiotic decreased the invasion of Salmonella and mortality, and also had positive effects on weight gain and feed conversion ratio. In conclusion, the use of Aromabiotic together with other hygiene and control measures provides an effective means of controlling Salmonella in birds and poultry.
Losses are sharply reduced, and growth and feed yield are considerably improved. It is highly recommended that these products be added to drinkingwater given to our birds living in very warm conditions and prone to diarrhoea.
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