Beak trimming is commonly used to reduce the incidence of feather pecking but this practice will be banned in the whole EU as of 2018. The side effects of non-trimmed beaks is an increased feed intake, as the birds have less plumage to keep them warm. Probiotics can be part of the solution.
Probiotics help to prevent and control gastrointestinal pathogens and/or improve the performance and productivity of production animals through various mechanisms’, was stated in a recent report of the FAO (2016). Gut health and performance of layers has always been a topic of discussion, but becomes even more important with the future ban on beak trimming. A recent article in AllaboutFeed describes the latest insights and studies performed with the new registered probiotic Calsporin in layers.