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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 2)
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The Effect of Probiotic and Prebiotic Feed Supplementation on Chicken Health and Gut Microflora: A Review

Elijah I. Ohimain and Ruth T.S. Ofongo
Corresponding Author:  Elijah I. Ohimain 

Key words:  Bifidobacteria, E. coli, Eimeria, fungi myceliated grains, gut microflora, Lactobacillus, microbial, infections, prebiotics, probiotics, Salmonella
Vol. 4 , (2): 135-143
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February 22, 2012 March 01, 2012 April 20, 2012

Commercial poultry production is ranked among the highest source of animal protein in the world. Microbial infections caused by bacteria (Salmonella, Clostridium perfringes) and parasites particularly Eimeria has continued to challenge the poultry industry. Antibiotic Growth Promoters (AGP) have been traditionally used to counter microbial infections in poultry. But due to public health concerns, the use of AGP in poultry is either restricted or out rightly banned in several countries. Hence, this review is aimed at highlighting alternative feed supplements that can enhance performance and protect the chickens from microbial infections. The study found that dietary supplements containing probiotic, prebiotic and enzymes are able to enhance performance while protecting the chickens from microbial infection.
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Elijah I. Ohimain and Ruth T.S. Ofongo, 2012. The Effect of Probiotic and Prebiotic Feed Supplementation on Chicken Health and Gut Microflora: A Review.  International Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 4(2): 135-143.
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