Originally Posted by Pine Grove
been feeding buttermilk for 25 yrs. nothing better to replace gut friendly bacteria after antibiotic therapy. with yogurt their feathers seem to dry after two or three days feeding..I know several ppl that feed milk products and have been for years
Edited by dlhunicorn - 7/30/07 at 9:28am
I did not realize that buttermilk had probiotic bacteria in it? (I do understand that it is low in lactose though),,,chickens do not have the enzyme lactase to process lactose (also many "bad" bacteria such as E. coli use the milk as a "feed source":
Gordon A Chalmers, DVM
..."The presence of this lactose in the intestine can draw fluids from the bloodstream into the intestine, and may result in diarrhoea and dehydration .... E. coli on the other hand are known to be lactose fermenters, that is, they actually use lactose as a nutrient in their life processes. For this reason then, it is my opinion that the use of lactose when E. coli infections are occurring should be avoided because this sugar simply aids these organisms to thrive and multiply in great numbers. For this reason, I would NOT recommend that lactose be used in drinkers when birds are affected with adenovirus + E. coli infections, or to help prevent E. coli problems...... avoid the use of lactose when you are dealing with or trying to prevent E. coli problems....."
as E.Coli is present in small amount (non-pathogenic) in the "natural" gut flora of the chicken, then it is extremely unwise in my view to give them any milk products which may aid in their overwhelming your bird at moments of stress and making them ill (E.Coli=Collibacillosis)
... yogurts lactose has already been "worked out" of the product during the process that "makes" yogurt... it is the probiotics you are after (the bifida cultures) in yogurt...