Probiotics work basically the same way for chickens as they do for humans.

You find them in fermented foods.


What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system.

They are given to animals (and us) to add to, replace or boost the ‘good’ bacteria that exists in the gastrointestinal tract.


Probiotics in our Chooks’ diet

Probiotics in poultry diets to promote bird health is currently of particular relevance with increasing awareness of the need for alternatives to the use of antibiotics in poultry farming.


The Ducks Guts…or in this case Chooks!

Most of the bacteria in an animal’s gut are not harmful. However, even seemingly healthy animals will have some harmful bacteria such as e-coli, or salmonella in their guts. However, the bad bacteria are in such small quantities that they can’t do any harm.

The population of these bad bacteria are held in check by the good bacteria that out-compete them for resources and keep their numbers so low they can’t make the animal sick.


Young Chicks

Young chicks haven’t had time to build up strong populations of good bacteria in their gut. They are therefore more susceptible to having bad bacteria out-compete good bacteria if they are exposed to a potent source of bad bacteria. Contaminated food or water dishes are one possible source of bad bacteria.



That single word strikes fear in every chicken keepers heart – as well it should since coccidiosis is the number 1 killer of baby chicks.

Coccidiosis is a disease of the intestinal tract caused by the microscopic parasites called coccidia. Most often spread by bringing infected hens into your flock, or by wild birds, it is picked up by your chicks through contact with the infected feces or through drinking water with droppings in it.

Feeding your chickens probiotics is a recommended strategy to prevent and treat coccidiosis naturally without using medicated chick feed or vaccinations.

So get some probiotics into your young chicks!

You can feed Super Mash to your chicks when they are over 4 weeks old.


Intestinal Health

The use of probiotics is particularly relevant given the growing trend towards restricting antibiotic use in poultry production and now sees and emerging movement toward probiotics for good intestinal health

In poultry production, good intestinal health is the foundation upon which the general health and welfare of the bird is based.

What you might not realise is, that in order to work correctly, probiotics need prebiotics.



Prebiotics basically set the stage for probiotics to work.

Some common sources of prebiotics that chickens love to eat include:

– Barley

– Berries

– Dandelion greens

– Flax seeds

– Garlic

– Honey

– Lentils

– Sea kelp


How Can we give Probiotics to our chooks?

Some simple ways:

You can ferment the grains that you feed to your chickens.

Feed them a little cultured yoghurt – but go easy because too much will cause diarrhea.

Buy some commercial Probiotics.

Give your chooks Super Mash monthly treatment


Probiotics in SUPER MASH

Probiotics in Super Mash comes from Milk Kefir and made with Unhomogenised Tilba Dairy Full Cream Milk and contain a host of probiotic bacteria.

Probiotics have to be alive when administered. The Probiotics in Super Mash are stabilised in the liquid containing Molasses and Apple Cider Vinegar.

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