Applications of butyric acid in poultry production: the dynamics of gut health, performance, nutrient utilization, egg quality, and osteoporosis

Mohamed T. El-Saadony, Muhammad Umar, Faiz Ul Hassan, Mahmoud Alagawany, Muhammad Arif, Ayman E. Taha, Shaaban S. Elnesr, Khaled A. El-Tarabily, Mohamed E. Abd El-Hack

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Abstract

Due to the increasing demand for antibiotic-free livestock products from the consumer side and the ban on the use of antibiotic growth promoters, the poultry feed industry is increasingly interested in developing more alternatives to cope with this problem. Organic acids (butyric acid) have many beneficial effects on poultry health, performance, and egg quality when used in their diet, thus they can be considered for the replacement of antibiotics in livestock production systems. Butyric acid is most efficacious against pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella spp. and Escherichia coli, and stimulates the population of beneficial gut bacteria. It is a primary energy source for colonocytes and augments the differentiation and maturation of the intestinal cells. Collectively, butyric acid should be considered as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters, because it reduces pathogenic bacteria and their toxins, enhancing gut health thereby increasing nutrient digestibility, thus leading to improved growth performance and immunity among birds. The possible pathways and mechanisms through which butyric acid enhances gut health and production performance are discussed in this review. Detailed information about the use of butyric acid in poultry and its possible benefits under different conditions are also provided, and the impacts of butyric acid on egg quality and osteoporosis are noted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-146
Number of pages11
JournalAnimal Health Research Reviews
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 14 2022

Keywords

  • Butyric acid
  • gut health
  • nutrient utilization
  • osteoporosis
  • performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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