Ameliorative avian gut environment and bird productivity through the application of safe antibiotics alternatives: a comprehensive review

Heba M. Salem, Ahmed M. Saad, Soliman M. Soliman, Samy Selim, Walid F.A. Mosa, Ahmed Ezzat Ahmed, Soad K. Al Jaouni, Mohammed S. Almuhayawi, Mohamed E. Abd El-Hack, Khaled A. El-Tarabily, Mohamed T. El-Saadony

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Abstract

The avian digestive tract is an important system for converting ingested food into the nutrients their bodies need for maintenance, growth, and reproduction (meat, table eggs, and fertile eggs). Therefore, preserving digestive system integrity is crucial to bird health and productivity. As an alternative to antibiotics, the world has recently turned to the use of natural products to enhance avian development, intestinal health, and production. Therefore, the primary goal of this review is to explain the various characteristics of the avian digestive tract and how to enhance its performance with natural, safe feed additives such as exogenous enzymes, organic acids, photogenic products, amino acids, prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics, and herbal extracts. In conclusion, the composition of the gut microbiome can be influenced by a number of circumstances, and this has important consequences for the health and productivity of birds. To better understand the connection between pathogens, the variety of therapies available, and the microbiome of the gut, additional research needs to be carried out.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102840
JournalPoultry science
Volume102
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Keywords

  • antibiotic alternatives
  • avian digestive tract
  • bird productivity
  • feed additives
  • organic poultry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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