Well then support of the proper flora ratio in the gut is paramount. If we want to achieve all these aims of less mortality ,etc. then the best place to start is enhancing the foundation upon which the immune system is maturing during the 1st 1 to 14 days of life ( especially the 1st 7 days) . Interdict the developmental timeline at the right place and use the right strains of probiotic to quickly establish the proper efficient functioning of the G.I. tract. Then the G.I. tract will be more able to uptake and make available to the body systems more of the nutrition they need. Treating symptoms is not half as important as enhancing the foundation.
Also this nutty idea that chicks don't need to eat for the 1st 24 to 48 hours needs to stop. The chick uses the yolk sac to feed its developing immune system after hatch. If the chick is not fed during the 1st 48 hours it uses the yolk sac for feed and the chick does not grow to its potential because that yolk sac was meant for other purposes which impact the growth of the chick.
So, if we feed the chick the right feed and the right probiotics from hatch, we do 3 things.
1. We leave the yolk sac to be used as intended.
2. We create as soon as possible, the properly populated and efficiently functioning G.I. tract.
3. We help enhance the foundation upon which the immune system is maturing by enabling this G.I. tract to efficiently uptake the nutrients it needs to mature properly.
In return we get a robust chick , better able to handle the challenges of its environment.
Edited by 3riverschick - 2/29/16 at 6:45pm