Over the course of time, we have been asked often "what are the ingredients in Big ole Bird?" Despite our open and honest reply, many people are still confused at the answer. The ingredients are straightforward, simplistic and non-proprietary. In order to earn the WSDA Organic Certification for Materials Approved for Use in Organic Production & Handling, we had to fully disclose our full ingredient list and manufacturing process.
Ready for the amazingly complex list of ingredients? Here ya go . . .
- Organic Composted Humus
- Deionized Water, cas# 7732-18-5
- Fuller’s Earth (organic agricultural clay) cas# 8031-18-3
That's it! That is the full list that is supplied on the application.
So why the confusion? Well let's quickly eliminate two of the ingredients. Deionized water is simply water that has been run through a powerful filter called a deionizer. This process removes minerals from the water supply. The second ingredient that is simplistic is the Fuller's Earth. This is essentially a clay that we use as a thickening agent or suspension liquid. See the Fuller's Earth Wikipedia article.
That leaves us with the ingredient that sets Southland Organics apart. The portion that makes this simplistic ingredient list seem like we are holding something back. It's the Organic Composted Humus. You can read all about the source of our humate deposit.
What Is Big Ole Bird and What Does it Do?
Why is this effective and worthy of your hard-earned dollars? Why is this beneficial for the health of your beloved flock? Simply put, Big ole Bird replenishes with living biology and provides valuable activated carbon. The process of cold water extraction leaves not only indigenous biology fully intact but provides an environment for them to rapidly multiply. Here’s a look at some of the indigenous microbiology and what they do:
- The biosurfactant produced reduces the interfacial tension between hydrocarbons and aqueous. Oxidizes sulﬁde and nitrate.
- One of the poultry powerhouses. Eliminates harmful bacterial through competitive exclusion. Improves feed conversion and growth promotion.
- Nitriﬁes ammonia and produces biosurfactant. Enhances the emulsiﬁcation of hydrocarbons and increase their availability for microbial degradation.
- Strong production of biosurfactant.
- Reduces nitrate. Produces biosurfactant.
- Provides enzymes for waste processing and processing phosphates. "tightens the gut"
- Breaks down starch into sugars. Increases feed conversion. Click here to read the study
- Aerobic and anaerobic growth with strong biosurfactant production. Sulfur oxidizer and starch degrader.
So how is something so simple so powerful? Nature! We adore her beauty and enjoy her bounty.
We hope this clarifies a few things for you and puts you at ease knowing that we have performed our due diligence. Additionally, we have sought out and secured the best certification possible. See our listing on the WSDA Materials Approved for Use in Organic Production & Handling.
About the Author
This blog was written by Allen Reynolds, Southland Organics’ Poultry Sales Manager. Allen spent years working on poultry farms, from installing equipment to dumping chicks. He has been helping poultry farmers overcome obstacles since 2014, focusing on poultry farm strength in the antibiotic-free environment since 2017. He has traveled thousands of miles and worked closely with hundreds of farmers during his time with Southland Organics. Allen is known by even more farmers from the YouTube channel Poultry Biosecurity, where he regularly appears in videos that educate farmers on topics like bird health and farm business. Learn more about Allen here.
This blog was edited by 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. Learn more about Izy here.