What are probiotics? They are live organisms that live in your digestive tract and promote regularity and cleansing.
What are prebiotics? Simply put, they're non-digestible plant fibers that feed the probiotics.
Since probiotics and prebiotics help with healthy digestion, giving them to your chickens can have some awesome benefits.
One, if you've got a chicken(s) with diarrhea and a rear-end that's covered in feces, try adding some probiotics to their feed. The probiotics can help clear things up. Clean butts equal fewer flies around the coop and that's always a good thing!
Two, chickens that have a healthy digestive tract are healthier themselves so they're able to maintain a good weight and maintain good egg production.
And three, chickens that regularly consume probiotics and prebiotics can have poop that's less smelly and contains less ammonia. This means your coop will be a nicer place to hang out.
While many commercial feeds do contain prebiotics and probiotics, if you're giving your chickens treats, you may want to consider some of the sources below. Just remember that dairy should be kept to a small amount. While chickens can digest milk and it does have good health benefits, they can't digest large quantities.
Sources of Probiotics for ChickensDairy Products
Apple Cider Vinegar
Sources of Prebiotics for Chickens
Bananas (Do not feed the peel.)
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