Probiotics for Chickens
With Big Ole Bird added to your flock's drinking water, your birds will maintain better health and performance.
Big Ole Bird vs. Other Probiotics
While there are other chicken probiotics on the market that also offer beneficial microorganisms aimed at improving gut microflora, Big Ole Bird takes this technology to the next level by introducing rich organic acids in the form of humic and fulvic acids.
Scientific studies show that humic acid provides a number of beneficial effects when added to the diet of poultry, including:
- Healthier weights
- Improved egg quality and quantity
- Decreased mortality
- Improved resistance to pathogens and disease
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.
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.
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
What makes Big Ole Bird a probiotic?
Here’s a look at some of the indigenous beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and what they do:
This biosurfactant reduces the interfacial tension between hydrocarbons and aqueous. It oxidizes sulﬁde and nitrate, helps optimize gut health and improves digestion in the intestinal tract.
This is one of the poultry powerhouses in bacteria. It eliminates harmful bacterial through competitive exclusion and improves feed conversion and growth promotion by optimizing intestinal health in the chicken's digestive tract.
This bacteria nitriﬁes ammonia and produces a biosurfactant. It enhances the emulsiﬁcation of hydrocarbons and increases their availability for microbial degradation. This is a probiotic bacteria that is completely unique to Big Ole Bird and will not be found in other probiotics for chickens.
This has a strong production of a biosurfactant, which helps with feed intake in the gastrointestinal tract.
This is one of many beneficial microorganisms that reduces nitrate and produces a biosurfactant for improved digestive health and improved mucus secretion.
This strain provides enzymes for feather degradation, processing waste, and processing phosphates. It's a beneficial microbiota that also "tightens the gut" as it amplifies nutrient digestion for better feed conversion ratio.
A bacteria that breaks down starch into sugars (fermented foods) and breaks down short chain fatty acids.
This can sustain aerobic and anaerobic growth with a strong biosurfactant production that is thought to increase immune response. It's also a sulfur oxidizer and starch degrader.
With the 2017 onset of no antibiotics ever (NAE) production, broiler farmers and integrators have struggled with pathogenic bacteria disease pressures with few options for relief. Big Ole Bird has shown to increase performance consistently in commercial broiler farms across the United States, but we wanted to put the probiotic strains to the test through third-party scientific trials to uncover the true impact. Read the full case study here.
2016 Study: Necrotic Enteritis and Big Ole Bird
The first study tested male Cobb-Vantress chickens that were challenged with necrotic enteritis caused by Clostridium perfringens. The experimental group that was challenged and given Big Ole Bird showed a significantly better feed conversion and lower mortality than challenged birds that didn’t receive Big Ole Bird in their water.
The results showed the following significant improvements from adding probiotics versus those who did not get treated with Big Ole Bird:
- Feed conversion ratio improvement of 16 points
- Mortality improvement of 6.2%
2018 Study: Weight Improvement with Big Ole Bird
The second study tested two groups of 50 male Ross 708 birds, one of which has Big Ole Bird in their water and the other of which was a control group. At day 38, weights were significantly larger in the group treated with Big Ole Bird and feed conversion was improved, as seen below.
- Average weight gain improvement of 0.4 lb
- Feed conversion ratio improvement of 7 points
With the absence of antibiotics and the ever-present challenges of environmental conditions, harmful bacteria and disease, Big Ole Bird is scientifically proven to be a valid performance product.