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2-Pak Probiotic (200g) for Chickens and Aviary Birds

Posted on 29th Nov 2016 @ 12:57 PM

2-Pak Probiotic (200g)

Why use probiotics for birds?

A robust population microflora, or gut bacteria, is an essential element of good health in all animals. A bird with a healthy gut will gain weight more quickly and be more energetic. It will be less likely to suffer from illness and will recover more quickly in the case of infection.  This is because gut bacteria both assist in digestion, making more nutrients and calories available from food, and inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria that cause ill-health.

With all of these benefits, it is little wonder that our birds can suffer greatly if they do not have healthy and balanced microflora. And unfortunately, there are many factors that can negatively impact on avian gut health, including:

-          Stress

Stress can lead to changes in the gut, so when birds experience extreme weather, moulting, breeding or even the excitement of racing, this will impact their microflora.

-          Diet

Diet change and poor diet can also affect gut health, often leading to very low levels of beneficial bacteria.

-          Medication

While treatment with antibiotics, dewormers and other medications is necessary for bird health, these drugs do not always distinguish between good bacteria and bad bacteria. It is therefore vital to repopulate a bird’s gut with beneficial bacteria after using these treatments in order to prevent the establishment of pathogens.

-          Illness

Pathogens can affect the gut directly, while other illnesses do so indirectly, through stress, dehydration and poor appetite.

-          Poor living conditions

Crowding often leads to an unclean environment, which can have a negative affect on gut bacteria through stress and contact with pathogens. Furthermore, birds with access to the outdoors are likely to pick up diseases and harmful bacteria from wild birds and insects.

In conditions where gut bacteria might be negatively affected, such as those outlined above, the remedial use of probiotics has been shown to have significant benefits for overall bird health. Studies have demonstrated that:

-          Birds in sub-par conditions will show better weight gain and overall health if treated with probiotics.

-          Probiotics can improve resistance to infections such as salmonella, E. coli, Candid, worms, coccidiosis and other common avian diseases, in chickens, pigeons and other caged birds.

-          Hand-reared chicks treated with probiotics show more robust gut bacteria and an increased resistance to stress and disease.

-          Used in combination with electrolytes and vitamins, probiotics can halve the recovery time of racing pigeons on their return to the loft.

-          Used after administering medications such as antibiotics and dewormers, probiotics hasten recovery and prevent subsequent infection.

 When to use probiotics

The best cure for any illness is prevention. Probiotics are an essential part of any bird health management program. From laying hens to breeders, and racing pigeons to show birds, administering probiotics every 2 to 3 weeks will ensure that your birds are healthier and more robust. It will decrease disease and infection in your loft or coop, and help you get the most out of your feed. Avian probiotics should also be a go-to supplement when birds are breeding, moulting, racing or experiencing stress and illness.

2 Pak Probiotic with Acid is Australia’s leading multi-strain probiotic for birds. Containing Protexin ©, the most advanced avian probiotic blend, it includes 8 strains of bacteria and yeast which have been specifically selected for improved health in poultry, pigeons and other birds. The addition of organic acid stabilizes the pH and acidifies the drinking water in which 2 Pak is administered, as further protection against the spread of disease amongst your birds. 

Don’t wait for your birds to fall ill; Add 2 Pak Probiotic with Acid to your pigeon or chicken health management program today.


Features of 2 Pak Avian Probiotic (200 g)

-          200 g bottle containing up to 200 doses.

-          The Protexin © Probiotic is Australia’s only nationally registered probiotic approved for administration to birds, including pigeons, chickens and other caged birds.

-          Active ingredients include: lactobacillus delbrueckii, lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus platarum, lactobacillus rhamnosus, bifidobacterium bifidum, enterococcus aecium, aspergillus oryzae and candid pintolepesii.

-          All bacteria and yeasts have been specifically selected for their importance to avian intestinal health.

-          Extensive research and development have resulted in a probiotic with special “protection” ensuring that the highest possible number of beneficial bacteria and yeasts survive the bird’s crop and stomach, in order to populate the gut.

-          Organic citric acid is used to lower the pH of drinking water, preventing the growth of pathogenic bacteria, such as salmonella and E. coli, which are inhibited by an acid environment.

-          Safe for use with breeders, show birds and racing pigeons.

-          Water-soluble powder form.

-          Versatile administration options, including through drinking water and in feed.

-          Includes a convenient 3 g measuring spoon.

-          Manufactured in Australia by Mineral Energy Pty Ltd.

 How to use 2 Pak Avian Probiotic

2 Pak Probiotic with Acid is designed for regular use with pigeons, poultry and other caged birds. It can be administered through drinking water or feed.

To administer through drinking water, add 1 g of 2 Pak powder per 1 L of water. Prepare fresh daily.

To administer through feed, add 1 g of 2 Pak powder to 1 kg of grain pre-moistened with seed oil at a rate of 1-2 ml per kilo. Mix well.

As part of a regular health management program, 2 Pak Probiotic should be used twice a week for the best results. Use can be increased to 5 times a week for birds experiencing illness or stress, including breeding, moulting and racing, or after treatment with antibiotics or dewormers.

Probiotics can be used to treat mild cases of avian illnesses such as salmonella, E. coli, yeast and coccidiosis, but should not be used in the place of antibiotics where the infection is severe or no improvement is shown after 1-2 days. Avian antibiotics such as Oxymav B should be used in this case, and followed by a 4-5 day course of 2 Pak Probiotics to prevent reinfection and improve recovery.

Always read instructions carefully before use. This product is not intended for human consumption.