What Are Probiotics?
Similarities Between Poultry and Parrots
Benefits of Probiotics
The Effects of Stress
Criteria for Avian Probiotics
Qualities to Look For
- – First the probiotics used to formulate the probiotic must include a viable, live strain.
- – Secondly, this type of probiotic should have a guaranteed shelf life (of 18 months to 2 years) which means it is a very stable product.
- – Thirdly, it should list the number of organisms on the product label (number of organisms per gram of material). When reviewing the bacterial count 2.0 x 108 C.F.U. per gram is a good level to look for. Any product with a bacterial count less than this will not be as effective in producing the desired results. In order for a company to list the number of probiotic organisms, it must have protocols in place for determining these levels.
- – And finally, the probiotic you select should produce results.
This article contains excerpts from The Holistic Parrot column, that appeared in the June 2010, # 149 and July 2010, #150, issues of Parrots magazine.