Adding egg yolk to feed could help poultry naturally prevent diseases like necrotic enteritis and optimize production performance.
“When the animals are young and the GI tract has not developed, birds are very susceptible to various diseases and microbes in general,” said Kimberly A. Livingston, PhD, chief research officer, Optum Immunity.
“This helps the immune system keep all those microbes in check and helps keep subclinical infections subclinical.”
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Poultry health benefits of egg yolk
Egg yolks contain a component that binds and neutralizes excess IL-10, an anti-inflammatory molecule in the poultry gut.
When used as a feed additive, this action enables the host immune system to mount adequate inflammatory response against various enteric microbes. Most importantly, this process can restore inflammatory homeostasis when natural enteric microbes are not controlled in young chicks, resulting in reduced mortality, improved performance and reduced intestinal lesions.
The feed additive functions as a non-drug alternative to antibiotics and anticoccidials.
So far, the egg yolk feed additive has been successfully tested in broilers, but Livingston believes it could also benefit layers and broiler breeders.
“We have the proof of concept with the broilers. We really want a partner to see that optimal point in time and length that this product fits with layers and the broiler breeder industry,” she added.
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