Originally Posted by kemcconnell
Suggestions for a certain "brand" of probiotic?
As I suggested in my first post.
It was developed in Egypt and is formulated specifically for chickens.
Originally Posted by Incukahlan
Probiotics are great too. But birds do not possess the right enzymes to process dairy and yogurt can cause digestive issues and diarrhea. Best and safest to stick with other things.
True, chickens are not mammals. Nor would they naturally encounter dairy in their diet. Also true that they don't have the enzymes to digest lactose so large amounts shouldn't be fed.
However, yogurt and kefir contain the same symbiotic community of bacteria and yeasts that benefit the poultry gut including lactobacillus, acetobacter and lactococcus which are also found in fermented feed.
I add kefir as a starter in my fermented feed blends and have been doing so for about 4 years.
It is best to use goats milk, raw milk or whey if added to increase protein for chicks or broilers and you can't use too much.
In addition, before the advent and inclusion of synthetic amino acids, milk was added to poultry diets, especially chicks because it contained the essential animal based amino acids needed for proper growth. Milk has been used in poultry diets for hundreds of years.
I finish all my cockerels on a milk and grain diet prior to slaughter.
Normally I do this by mixing whole milk powder with the feed.
The animal proteins and fats aid growth and improve flavor. This is another old time technique that has been done for centuries.
Regulations for growing the famous Bresse chicken in France require milk and milk products to be part of the diet.
Recommended by the Maine Organic Farmers Association " Milk is a good source of protein and can be fed instead of water for half the day, with water available the other half of the day."
more recommendations for feeding chickens milk