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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by seminolewind, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I've read that Probiotics are good to give following antibiotics. But for how long? Can they need them for life as a preventative? Or just after an illness?
     

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    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

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    In my opinion they are good to give for a few days after an antibiotic treatment to help restore the beneficial intestinal bacteria. But I have read that they may help to prevent intestinal health and immunity with occasional use, probably only 2 days a week. Not all probiotics are good for chickens. Chickens don't the enzymes to digest dairy products well, so yogurt is not good, since it may cause more problems. Some of the ones in vitamins don't contain more than one probiotic. Probios Dispersible Powder and Gro2Max are 2 of the better ones for chickens.
     
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Crowing

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    Lactobacilli inhibits the growth of Salmonella enteritidis, Clostridium, it enables better absorption of nutrients, thus strengthening the bird's immune system. Direct application in water is more efficient. Dosage depends on concentration of product. With a number of water soluble powdered poultry vitamin supplements, traces of probiotics are added, and with proper dosage, allow for small amounts consistently present in the birds' water, using 3-5 days a week depending on the season, stress factors, etc.. These are separate from products like Probios, which contain a concentration of probiotic bacteria. Once a week with Probios is sufficient on a regular basis. I've used both. here's some more information on usage and benefits:
    http://poultryone.com/articles/probiotics-html

    http://www.worldpoultry.net/Broiler...-to-combat-C-perfringens-in-poultry-1422198W/

    http://ps.oxfordjournals.org/content/79/1/7.full.pdf
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Thankyou!
     

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