Big Ole Bird: Commercial Layer Case Study

How a commercial layer farmer used Big Ole Bird to help his flock recover from a Staph infection.
Big Ole Bird: Commercial Layer Case Study

The Problem

A grower for a major integrator had serious egg production issues with his layer house. The birds were brought to him sick, the major symptom being that the birds were exhibiting diarrhea-like symptoms, constantly excreting an extremely watery stool. His field technician failed to diagnose the issue for over two weeks, then it was finally determined that his birds were infected with staphylococcus.
After treatment for this condition, egg production stayed significantly below normal. To augment his production he began to use Big Ole Bird.

The Application

The initial dose was 32 ounces of Big Ole Bird in a five gallon medicator bucket. The medicator is set to meter in at one ounce of stock solution per gallon of water. This ran for just over 24 hours. Subsequent applications were given weekly at the rate of 16 ounces per five gallon medicator bucket.

The Results 

Big Ole Bird Poultry Probiotics 2.5 gal- Chickens' probiotics with beneficial bacteria

Egg production improved from significantly below normal to a point just below normal. Feed consumption by the bird decreased significantly. Hen weight stayed in the normal range. Rooster weight, however, was the highest the grower had ever seen.

Another effect was that the farmer did not have the swampy litter that is normally found in slat style open layer houses. His litter was so dry that he was not charged the additional fee that is normally levied for hauling the very wet litter typical of these kinds of facilities, saving him an additional $500.

At the end of the flock, the grower was given a bonus by his integrator close to the amount he received the previous year. Although his egg production was irreparably impacted by the Staph infection, this difference was almost completely made up for by his vastly improved feed conversion. The farmer feels that by implementing Big Ole Bird, he increased his overall bottom line by $3500!

The grower is looking forward to using Big Ole Bird on a healthy flock, as he believes the improvement in feed conversion alone will likely drive him to a record bonus.

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About The Author

Mike Usry

Mike Usry

This was written by Mike Usry, the President of Southland Organics. Mike is an entrepreneur and soil enthusiast with a passion for educating on agriscience-based topics to help business owners and homeowners alike grow plants, turf, poultry and more. Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia and his MBA from the University of South Florida. The combination of his education and experience has given him a deep understanding of both business and the science behind our products. Mike founded Southland Organics in 2009.

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Isabella (Izy) Dobbins

Marketing Manager

This was edited by Isabella (Izy) Dobbins, Southland Organics' Marketing Manager. Izy has devoted her education and career to communicating science-related topics. With an enthusiasm for sharing accurate and honest content relating to science and agriculture, she ensures Southland Organics' publications are as informative as they are interesting. Izy graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in advertising, minors in both Spanish and environmental health science and a Certificate in Sustainability. She has been working at Southland Organics since 2021.

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