Broiler chicken farming can be a lot easier if you are equipped with garlic. There is more to the power of garlic than you probably know. As far as my findings go, garlic has a lot of benefits for broiler chicken farming that you can use to your advantage. In this article, I want to open your eyes to some of the health benefits of including garlic in your broiler chicken diet.
Antimicrobial Properties of Garlic in Broiler Chicken Feed
The use of garlic in broiler chicken farming might just be saving you from a lot of microbial problems. The combination of garlic and ginger is of great medicinal value in China and India. But beyond that, the effect of garlic in chickens has been discovered. Garlic will help your chickens stay clear of infectious diseases. Try it today and see the wonderful power of this kitchen spice.
Antibacterial properties of Garlic
Maybe you do not know. Louis Pasteur, the Nobel scientist was the first to prove the antimicrobial property of garlic juices in the year 1858. To support the use of garlic in broiler chicken farming, further investigations show that garlic is effective in combating gram-positive, gram-negative and acid-fast bacteria. Examples of these bacteria include Clostridium, Salmonella, E.Coli, etc. The implication of this in broiler chicken farming is that garlic can effectively cure Salmonellosis, Colibacillosis, and Cholera.
Antiviral Properties of Garlic
Surprisingly, garlic might have some effect against viruses too. It is important to mention that most of the commercially sold antibiotics are not effective in combating viruses. Although, not much has been done to conclude that garlic can be used to treat viral diseases, allicin and derivatives are found to be active against viruses. Even if we can’t be sure of exactly how garlic can treat viral diseases, at least we can trust it in prevention.
Diallyl trisulfide is a component of garlic that is commercially sold, and prescribed for the treatment of diseases caused by Entamoeba and Trichomonas. There are several studies that confirm the efficacy of garlic in combating protozoa, which means it is a wise decision to use garlic in broiler chicken farming.
Antifungal Properties of Garlic
Did I say garlic can handle fungi too?
Yes, it can!
Fungi is one of the most difficult pathogens to eliminate in poultry feed, especially during the wet season. This is because some feed mills store maize and other ingredients with high moisture content, a condition that favors fungi growth.
This spice called garlic seems to have been hard-wired to cure almost anything. Do you have a list of fungal diseases disturbing your broiler chicken farming? I think it’s time to put garlic to a test. You will definitely be glad you did.
Garlic as a Growth promoter
Now, this is for those who ask questions like how to make broiler chickens grow faster. Or how to make broilers grow bigger. Garlic is here for you. Beyond the many health benefits of garlic, it doubles as a growth promoter too. It has been found that long-term inclusion of garlic in broiler diet causes significant improvement in their feed conversion ratio. That is, your broiler will produce more meat per kg of feed consumed when you use garlic.
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Honestly, I am still looking for one reason not to use garlic, but it turns out that there is none yet. I am not even sure if I will ever get one. Considering the antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-protozoal, antifungal properties of garlic, and its hand in broiler growth, you just have to give it a try.
And if you ask me, I have!