Three tips to enhance chick gut health

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  1. Monica S

    Monica S BYC Content and Advertising Specialist

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    Keeping your backyard flock healthy requires more than feed and water

    Lancaster, Pa. [March 15, 2017] – Raising poultry can be an incredibly rewarding experience. By taking proper care of their fragile digestive systems, you can help your chicks, poults, ducklings and all other young birds grow into healthy adults.
    The poultry digestive tract is a primary site for potential exposure to disease-causing pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Clostridium. If gut function decreases, it could result in a reduction in digestion and absorption, reducing bird performance and overall well-being. In fact, 70 percent of the immune system resides in or around the digestive tract in birds. To completely support a strong immune system that can fight off disease, the digestive tract must be protected from bad bacteria, viruses, parasites and other toxins that could enter by food or water.


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    Feeding your chicks an all-natural, quality feed and keeping their water clean, fresh and readily available is important to maintain a healthy gut. However, it takes more than feed and water to keep your backyard flock vigorous and happy. Naturally preventing diseases before they start is the best way for you to support your chicks’ immune systems to maintain an overall healthy flock and help avoid serious issues that require a veterinary visit.

    Here are three ways you can help enhance the gut health of your birds:

    1. Sanitize drinking water
    Diseases can easily transmit from bird to bird through their drinking water every day. Exposure to water- or soil-borne pathogens can have an impact on bird health and productivity. While providing fresh, clean water may seem like enough, taking the extra step to use a safe and effective water sanitizer can help eliminate unseen, harmful pathogens. A water sanitizer can keep your equipment clean too!

    2. Add digestive health supplements
    Backyard birds are prone to pathogens and health challenges, many of which can be difficult to cure. Research has shown adding targeted proteins, probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes and yucca to your flocks’ water every day can help enhance intestinal health and your birds’ ability to fight off harmful diseases, such as Salmonella, Clostridium and E. coli. Taking a proactive approach by using proven, all-natural supplements can help improve the immune system of chicks and adult birds so they can more successfully resist disease.

    3. Target worms
    Worm infestations can cause problems in your flock, such as poor growth and feed conversion, decreased egg production, health issues and in severe cases, death. Internal parasites can make a flock more susceptible to diseases or negatively impact a current disease condition. Naturally protecting your flock against worms is one of the best ways to ensure your chicks will grow to become happy and healthy adult birds. Take proactive steps by using a water-based supplement that naturally targets the defenses of worms and worm eggs.

    Help your feathery friends by optimizing gut health and targeting digestive diseases to make the most of what they need for growth, immune function, egg production and overall well-being. For more information about poultry health, visit dbcagproducts.com and like the Healthy Flock Facebook page.

    DBC Ag Products delivers innovative, natural solutions that target intestinal health to overcome animal agriculture’s toughest challenges. Its unique, proprietary formulas focus on the optimal combination of new and proven technologies to prevent disease, save animals, improve feed utilization and deliver profitable results to customers.
     
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  2. Sockerjo

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    This is exactly what I have been wanting to find, some natural way of keeping worms at bay! Ordered the Pack today.
     
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    Quote:Sockerjo, That is great to hear! Please let us know if you have any questions about poultry gut health, or using the product. You can also visit our website: http://bit.ly/2newz0B -Your friends at DBC Ag Products
     
  4. EggSighted4Life

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    Hi guys. [​IMG]

    My research says you shouldn't add any supplement to your water for more than 10 days. And you suggest every day, like you have a product to sell or something! [​IMG]

    It's nice that you have products to sell. But good pasture and flock management can go along ways to avoiding disease a parasite over load.

    And there are many other supplements people like to improve gut health... from raw unfiltered acv with Mother in it added to the water. Garlic added to the water or feed. Fermenting your feed (check the link in my signature line). All these things are natural ways to improve your chickens gut health. You wouldn't believe the difference in the poo smell from fermenting... WAY LESS stinky and better nutrient absorption. Only takes water, feed, and a few days! Highly recommended. [​IMG]

    Do the worms somehow not build an immunity to your "water based substance" in the same way they do other products? And therefor long term use would render it ineffective?Or is it somehow magical and they don't?

    Sanitize the drinking water? Puh-lease! If you get city tap water they already do that, hence the awful chlorine smell. And if you are on well water, you already know it doesn't get much better than that because it's been filtered naturally.

    And healthy chickens already have some resistance to salmonella, E coli, and others... otherwise how is a baby chick gonna take a drink from the fresh poo another chick just made in front of it and not only survive but thrive? And chickens peck at poo all the time even digging through dog poo to pull the worms out from under it! [​IMG]

    Sorry for not being too supportive of your product. I'm sure BYC means to represent it well. I just don't buy the hype! [​IMG]

    Best wishes! [​IMG]
    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Hope you enjoy the community. So much information, the learning never ends! [​IMG]
     
  5. Sockerjo

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    You just killed my buzz [​IMG]
     
  6. 3riverschick

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    Products aside and I think these products not only have value, I am impressed they are a packaged solution
    I have been preaching the importantance of integrated health supplements for the gut here on BYC for years. Whether it is a package deal as here or a system of supplements from other sources. It is so important to deliver such a system at hatch and thru the prestarter and starter periods of the chicks life.
    The positive effects of such an effort will be seen through out the birds life.
    Although the foundation for research on this subject was mainly laid about the turn of the century, the international poultry industry has been rabidly researching enhancing the gut since circa 2005. Esp. Since the world is demanding poultry be raised without antibiotics.
    The chick is hatched with an immature digestive system. The nutrition in the egg is low at hatch. So much so that on incubation day 17.5 the chick opens its mouth and drinks amnion fluid for the nutrition it contains.
    Now the chick hatches with its yolk sac biologically reserved for the mylenation of the muscles and the development of the g.i Tract. In addition , the g.i. tract is under going tremendous development, adjusting to digesting complex carbohydrates and dealing with establishing a proper bacterial growth in it plus dealing with harmful bacteria which may try to establish themselves in it.
    In addition , the tract still has to uptake enough nutition to handle these needs and nourish a proper foundation on which the immune system can mature
    End of part one
     
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    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Part two.
    Now lets take a look at the immune system. As noted by the original poster it's vitally allied with the g.i. tract. The foundation for it is immature at hatch. The best time to enhance it is at the beginning when its foundation is still maturing. The international poultry industry is busily studying the best ways to do this because they have discovered thru a myriad of studies that show an early enhanced g.i. tract not only lays a better foundation for the immune system, but the gut itself is so much better at resisting harmful pathogens that the birds raised with an integrated package of gut enhancements can be raised without antibiotics.
    It's a huge step forward for the poultry industry and one we can easily add to our backyard flock management.
    It's not what we give the birds, it's when we give it and what can be absorbed most easily. That is why we interdict the developmental timeline as early as possible.
    End of part 2 because I am doing this on my cellphone.
     
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    Now lets take a look at the yolk sac. That cheery little nutrition reserve many people use as an excuse not to tend the chick in the first 3 days of life. Did you know it was never supposed to be energy for the chick during those 3 days? Yup, biologically nature has reserved it for mylenation of the muscles and maturation of the digestive tract. Studies have shown the chicks do best when fed no later than 6 hours after hatch. This is so they will not use the yolk sac for energy to live. Kinda becomes a problem when we leave the chicks in the bator for 12-24 hours or have chicks shipped. We have already seen the critical need for early nutrition post hatch for the g.i. tract
    So much so, that Nature built in an nutrition reserve in the yolk sac. But when that sac gets used for other than its intended purpose, what do we do? We enhance as quickly and as completely as possible
    That is why, regardless of our chosen integrated enhance system, I advocate for Bovidr Labs poultry nutri-drench first. It doesn't need to be digested
    Mainlines directly into the bloodstream in 11 minutes. Sets the stage for success with your chosen protocol by shunting quick energy to the bird so it can better uptake your chosen program of enhancements.
    It jumpstarts the chick to receive your system of helps.
    Your birds will reach their best
    potential with proper management (environment), proper feed and a proper
    Integrated system of gut health management delivered as soon as possible after hatch. Giving each chick one drop of nutri drench at hatch is a great way to jumpstart them while you are waiting for them to dry off, get to the brooder and that first meal and your enhancement protocol. Choose a system of enhancements that integrate to assist all the chicks needs during the prestarter and starter periods (about the 1st 2weeks) . That will not overwhelm the chicks ability to handle them but will supplement its needs.

    Best Regards,
    Karen (18 years private study of canine and avian neonatal gastrointestinal tract. Creator of Bellwether Neonate Protocol for puppies to enhance the immune system in 2002 after 4 years and 10K hours of study.)
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  9. 3riverschick

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    Sockerjo,
    You R really headed in the right direction and asking all the right questions. The international poultry industry is busily working to put together integrated systems like the one the original poster discusses.
    Best,
    Karen
     
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