Breeders and Layer Chickens

Cleaner Eggs.
Better Hatchability.
Longer Peaks.

Scientifically-proven products to strengthen your hens, their eggs and their environment.

Breeder and Layer Products

The Scientific Route to Better Egg Quality

Dirty eggs, low hatchability and thin shells are natural problems in egg production. The natural solution? Increasing egg shell quality through strengthening breeder and layer hens' gut health and nutrition.

Imagine firmer shells. Improved hatchability. Healthier breeder and laying hens.

With healthier hens, you'll see firmer shells through improved calcium and nutrient absorption. Better absorption during digestion leads to a tighter gut and cleaner eggs, which means you save money on processing. You avoid the complications that come with a leaky gut and poor nutrition. Get these results on your farm through natural products that work in tandem with birds' biology like probiotics, vitamins and apple cider vinegar.

Why Gut Health Matters for Egg Production Hens

Gut health is essential for increased egg quality. Improved gut health minimizes the negative impact of bird stress from handling, heat stress and diseases like infectious bronchitis and enteritis. One of the easiest ways to boost your flock's gut health and immunity is adding probiotics like Hen Helper in a hen's diet. With better calcium and vitamin absorption, you will see less feed passage, firmer shells and improved hatchability.

Throughout the egg laying process, hens will exhaust their nutrient stores in an effort to produce the best egg possible. Chicken eggs are filled with things like fats, minerals, and proteins (and that is just in the egg yolk and albumin!). The shell and membranes require loads of calcium and collagen. The only way to replace these expended nutrient stores is with a nutritious diet and a well functioning gut.

Equally as important as promoting healthy gut microbiota is keeping the gut clear of mucus and other debris, producing clean eggs. Our raw apple cider vinegar, Mother Load, tightens the gut, cuts mucus and encourages water consumption.

When you protect your flock's gut health, your hens will get the most from their feed and improve their ability to lay eggs of the highest quality. This means stronger shells, cleaner eggs and better profits.

Benefits of Chicken Egg Quality and Cleanliness

Whether you're raising chickens as breeders or layers, egg quality is core to the success of everyone raising laying hens.

Breeders and layers have a common goal of high quality, clean eggs, but for different reasons:

Breeders need strong, clean eggs for increased hatchability.

Layers need an increased amount of higher quality eggs to be successful.

Providing nutritional supplements can also correct abnormalities that lead to grade B eggs. And if you sell your litter as fertilizer, a healthier gut leads to droppings that are more solid and easier to deal with.

Achieve your Ideal USDA Grading

Hens in egg production are judged on a USDA grading system based on interior quality and exterior quality all with the goal of maximizing hatchability or optimizing for human consumption. External factors include calcium deposits, body checks, egg size and shell strength. Internally, the evaluation is focused on elements like presence of abnormal meat spots and air cell size.

The air cell is an important element of determining the freshness of chicken eggs. The internal shell membrane of the egg separates from the shell at one pole to create a bubble of air. In the case of hatching chicks in a newly laid egg, this provides the first breath of air. In the case of table eggs, this is used to assign to a category based on egg ages: Grade AA, Grade A, or Grade B eggs. Newly laid eggs will have the smallest air cell and be assigned the highest grade. This is in an effort to ensure a fresh egg—Dr. Suess is the only one the likes to find green eggs in the refrigerator.

Take it From Other Farmers

"Egg Production Doubled"

I have only been using the product for 2 weeks; however, my egg production doubled. This will become part of my normal treatment process for my hens.

—Steven B.

"Eggs are Larger"

My hens went straight for the waterer with the probiotics and almost emptied it! They look great and their eggs are larger.

—Moye H.

"Bigger, Better Quality Eggs"

Now I am getting bigger, better quality eggs in the winter than I was getting earlier in the season, and my hens look fantastic! Thank you Southland Organics for a wonderful product!


Our Secret Ingredients

Beneficial Microbes

Our microbes are mostly Bacillus species, which are heartier than other poultry probiotics that only feature Lactobacillus acidophilus and other lactic acid-focused species. Poultry production and poultry performance are greatly increased by live microorganisms.

Our products are specially formulated with live bacteria in a vegetative form that prove a positive influence on gut health and gut integrity.

Organic Acids

Most people in commercial poultry production think of a mere acidification of water when they hear “organic acids.” While organic acids do provide some acidifying effects, they also provide additional benefits to keep your flock healthy.

Fulvic acid is "wetter than water" and serves as a destroyer of biofilms. Our acids destroy the protective layer produced by the disease-causing organisms. This mechanism assists the birds’ natural barrier function for improved immune response.

Active Carbon

The carbon baseline for our products binds harmful compounds and boosts gut integrity. This is similar The carbon baseline for our products binds harmful compounds and boosts gut integrity. This is similar to charcoal, which has been used for thousands of years to improve drinking water and for general detoxification purposes.

Activated carbon is a deeper level as it adsorbs longer chain hydrogen rich molecules. The activated carbon in Big Ole Bird has shown to adsorb benzenes, chelate nutrients and bind metals. The

Mother Load ACV for Poultry 2.5 gal
Mother Load | Apple Cider Vinegar for Chickens from $ 21.00
Mother Load is raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar for chickens infused with garlic. Designed to boost your birds' overall health, Mother Load aids in digestion, keeps the GI tract healthy, tightens the gut and provides bacteria that support poultry development. Through the benefits of garlic and apple cider vinegar, Mother Load: Keeps the body in balance Boosts flock's immune system Promotes healthy mucus flow Tightens the gut May assist with cocci Learn how to use our products for healthy backyard birds. Mother Load is also available in our Backyard Poultry Bundle.
Catalyst Poultry Vitamins
Catalyst | Poultry Vitamin Powder Supplement $ 38.00
Catalyst is a highly absorbable powder packed with specially formulated, poultry-specific essential vitamins and minerals. To maximize performance, we recommend using Catalyst, our poultry vitamin supplement, with Big Ole Bird, our poultry probiotics. Designed to help promote overall health in poultry, Catalyst improves vitamin levels which have shown to improve leg and bone development, feather quality, heart health, skin health and blood health. With Catalyst, a little goes a long way! This 800g bag is great for folks who have commercial or other large-scale poultry operations. For backyard flocks, check out our Liquid Formula for greater small-scale efficiency. Benefits of Catalyst: Highly absorbable powder High concentration of vitamins per serving Does not clog drinker lines Easily dissolves in solution Boosts immunity Improves heart, skin and blood health
Desecticide Poultry House Insecticide 2.5 Gallon
Desecticide | Natural Insecticide for Poultry from $ 20.00
Desecticide is a non-toxic poultry spray that is proven effective for killing resistant darkling beetles, lesser mealworms, bed bugs, mites, fleas and ticks on chickens, ducks and turkeys. Safely kills soft-bodied insects Can be used in poultry facilities, coops and directly on chickens Pests will not build resistance No application license required Organic use approved With its non-toxic formula, Desecticide is safe to use in poultry facilities when birds are present, and it can even be used directly on birds. There is no re-entry wait time or re-application limit, and it is safe for the environment. While beetles have become resistant to the current pesticides and require constant pesticide rotation, breakthrough technology has a completely different mode of action. Desecticide targets neurological receptors that are only active in insects and arthropods—not in birds or mammals. With Desecticide, bugs don’t build resistance, and it can be used at any point during grow-out. Desecticide has been approved by an organic certifying agency! Contact us for more information:
Torched Weed Killer 2.5 Gallon
Torched | Weed Killer from $ 74.00
Torched is a pet safe grass and weed killer derived from natural ingredients. It is designed for use on non-selective broadleaf weeds and grasses in driveways, sidewalks, gardens and flower beds. Torched is proudly made in the USA and is safe for people, pets and the planet when used as directed! Safety Declaration This product is not registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since it qualifies for exemption under FIFRA section 25(b) as a minimum risk pesticide. Caution Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. In case of contact, rinse immediately with water and seek medical attention if irritation persists. Do not ingest. If swallowed, seek medical attention immediately. Storage Avoid direct sunlight. Store at temperatures above 40° F. Keep container tightly closed in a well-ventilated area. Store in original container in a cool, dry area away from children and pets. Dispose of contents and container in accordance with local regulations. Do not reuse empty container. If empty: Offer for recycling if available or discard in a sanitary landfill. If partly filled: Call your local solid waste agency for disposal instructions. Never place unused product down any indoor or outdoor drain.
Probiotic for Hens Bettix Quart
Hen Helper | Probiotics and Electrolytes for Chickens from $ 22.00
Hen Helper boosts overall health and nutrition in layer hens through a specially formulated combination of probiotics, organic acids and electrolytes. The special ingredients, humic and fulvic acids, have been scientifically proven to improve shell quality and egg production by keeping hens in peak longer. Benefits of Hen Helper: Produces cleaner eggs and firmer shells Aids calcium uptake Improves gut and overall health Reduces reproductive challenges Increases peak performance Increases mineral absorption Improves hatchability Decreases mortality Protects against heat stress during hot weather Learn how to use Hen Helper. Hen Helper is also available in our Backyard Poultry Bundle.     
Poultry Litter Conditioner
Litter Life | Poultry Litter Amendment from $ 31.00
Litter Life is a poultry litter amendment designed to improve litter quality and strengthen poultry health. This mixture of biologically active carbon, organic acids and beneficial microbes helps dry and condition litter, and assist in controlling ammonia. Birds grow in a healthier environment with less threat of disease, lower mortality and better performance. Benefits of Litter Life: Dries and conditions litter beds Non-corrosive Controls ammonia Can be applied with birds present Learn how to use our products for healthy backyard birds.     
Alpet D2 food safe cleaners
Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer Spray from $ 15.99
Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer Spray is a highly evaporative, bacteria-killing disinfectant with the fastest kill time available. For sanitizing non-food contact surfaces and footwear, Alpet D2 takes only 10 seconds to eliminate pathogens on contact. For sanitizing food contact surfaces and gloves, Alpet D2 takes 60 seconds to eliminate pathogens on contact. Alpet D2 is ready to use, requires no rinse and leaves no unsightly residue. It is highly evaporative and ideal for low moisture environments and water-sensitive equipment. It is EPA registered and listed as a D2 classification. Clean, sanitize and disinfect food contact and non-food contact surfaces with one product 60 second kill on food contact surfaces, including rubber gloves* 10 second kill on non-food contact surfaces, including rubber footwear* Kills 99.999% of 9 tested pathogens as a food contact surface sanitizer Highly evaporative and ideal for water-sensitive equipment and low moisture environments‍ Sanitizing Uses: Food processing equipment Dairy equipment Food utensils Dishes Silverware Glasses Sink tops Countertops Refrigerated storage Display equipment And other hard, non-porous food contact surfaces Food Contact Surface Sanitizer This unique and efficient solution is powerful enough to kill norovirus and yet safe enough for cleaning food prep areas without rinsing them. It is highly evaporative, noncorrosive and efficient in helping prevent cross contamination. *Also check out the Alpet D2 Quat-Free Spray and Alpet D2 Wipes.
Sanitizer Spray Case: 12 x 1 Quart, 12 Sprayers
Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer Spray from $ 15.99
Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer Spray is a ready-to-use, no-rinse, fast-acting, food contact and non-food contact surface cleaner and sanitizer. It is highly evaporative and ideal for both water-sensitive equipment and dry environments. This effective sanitizer was specially designed for processors that can't use quat-based chemical formulas, and it leaves no unpleasant residue. Clean, sanitize and disinfect food contact and non-food contact surfaces with one product Ready-to-use and no rinse required 70% alcohol formula (62.5% ethanol / 7.5% isopropanol) Highly evaporative and ideal for low moisture environments and water-sensitive equipment 60 second kill on food contact surfaces, including rubber gloves* 10 second kill on non-food contact surfaces, including rubber footwear* Kills 99.999% of 8 tested pathogens as a food contact surface sanitizer NSF listed, EPA registered, kosher, pareve and halal Approved under the Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Food Program *Also check out Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer and the Alpet D2 Wipes.
Alpet D2 Sanitizing wipes
Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizing Wipes from $ 22.50
Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizing Wipes are a ready-to-use, no-rinse, lintless wiping system for food contact and non-food contact surfaces. Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizing Wipes are available in a heavy duty 90-count wipe canister as well as a 160-count canister with thinner wipes. As with all Best Sanitizers wiping systems, the spring-loaded lid closes on its own to prevent the drying of wipes, helping to eliminate unnecessary waste. Clean and sanitize with one product Sanitizes food contact and non-food contact surfaces Kills 99.999% of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica (formerly typhimurium) and Listeria monocytogenes as a food contact surface sanitizer Kills 99.9% of tested pathogens in 10 seconds as a non-food contact surface sanitizer 58% IPA/quat formula Ideal for water-sensitive equipment NSF listed D2 classification Kosher, Pareve and Halal certified   Looking for a highly evaporative spray? Check out the Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer Spray and Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer Spray.

Flock-Changing Results

We believe in our products’ effectiveness in increasing overall hen health because we have the science to back it up. In a third-party study, it was concluded that Big Ole Bird helps boost weight gain, improve feed conversion and fight mortality.

Real Help from Real People

At Southland Organics, our biggest joy comes from helping growers like you.

We know the new poultry environment and its restrictions on antibiotics knocked the wind out of most farmers, not to mention their profits. That’s why we have a team who knows the industry, right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

We’re on call to learn about your unique challenges and create a customized program to best solve your problems with science-based solutions.

Connect with Allen Reynolds, our Poultry Development Representative, at 800-608-3755 or

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