The effects of a natural antibiotic alternative and a natural growth promoter feed additive on broiler performance and carcass quality
Buchanan,N.P.; Hott,J.M.; Cutlip,S.E.; Rack,A.L.; Asamer,A.; Moritz,J.S.
Journal Of Applied Poultry Research: 2, 202-210
ISSN/ISBN: 1056-6171 DOI: 10.3382/japr.2007-00038
The use of subtherapeutic levels of antibiotics in poultry feed improves performance and morbidity in broiler chickens. However, consumer pressure related to the potential development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has resulted in the development of nonantibiotic feed additives that may also improve broiler performance. Essential oils, organic acids, and phytogenic compounds enhance production of gastric secretions, stimulate blood circulation, and reduce levels of pathogenic bacteria.