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Feed Safety and the Development of Poultry Intestinal Microbiota

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posted on 2024-04-15, 00:11 authored by Dragana StanleyDragana Stanley, Yadav Sharma BajagaiYadav Sharma Bajagai
The first feed offered to young chicks is likely the most important meal in their life. The complex gut colonisation process is determined with early exposure and during the first days of life before the microbial community is formed. Therefore, providing access to high-quality feed and an environment enriched in the beneficial and deprived of pathogenic microorganisms during this period is critical. Feed often carries a complex microbial community that can contain major poultry pathogens and a range of chemical contaminants such as heavy metals, mycotoxins, pesticides and herbicides, which, although present in minute amounts, can have a profound effect on the development of the microbial community and have a permanent effect on bird’s overall health and performance. The magnitude of their interference with gut colonisation in livestock is yet to be determined. Here, we present the animal feed quality issues that can significantly influence the microbial community development, thus severely affecting the bird’s health and performance.

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Volume

12

Issue

20

Start Page

1

End Page

14

Number of Pages

14

eISSN

2076-2615

ISSN

2076-2615

Publisher

MDPI AG

Publisher License

CC BY

Additional Rights

CC BY

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Acceptance Date

2022-10-18

Author Research Institute

  • Institute for Future Farming Systems

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Medium

Electronic

Journal

Animals

Article Number

2890

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