The Poultry Site – The gastrointestinal (GI) tract of the commercial broiler chicken is constantly exposed to a wide variety of potentially harmful factors, according to Tom Tabler (Extension Professor, Poultry Science, Mississippi State University), Yi Liang (Assistant Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas) Haitham M. Yakout (Visiting Research Professor, Poultry Science), Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor, Poultry Science) and Wei Zhai (Assistant Research Professor, Poultry Science).
These factors can have serious effects on the GI tract condition and negatively affect health and performance of birds in commercial broiler flocks. Enteric diseases are those related to the intestine. They are a major issue to the poultry industry because of lost productivity, increased mortality, and concerns over animal welfare. The microflora population that lives in the GI tract is a mixture of bacteria and other microorganisms such as fungi and protozoa…. >>Continue Reading<<