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Avian-Specific Probiotics

Parrots magazine 150th issue

The Holistic Parrot By Leslie Moran

In the May issue of this magazine, the reasons for never feeding dairy products to your birds was outlined. Last month the facts regarding how yogurt really is different from all other dairy products was clarified. Which leads us into a discussion of avian-specific probiotics.

The poultry industry defines probiotics as “a culture of specific living microorganisms which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance”.

According to the currently adopted definition by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, probiotics are defined as: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. More precisely, probiotics are live microorganisms of nonpathogenic and nontoxic in nature, which when administered through the digestive route, are favorable to the host’s health.

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