Vitamin D 3 : Alpha Vitamin for Birds

Vitamin D 3 : Alpha Vitamin for Birds

In fowls, vitamin D is responsible for normal growth, egg production, shell quality, and reproduction. Alpha vitamin D3 (1,25 dihydroxycholecalciferol) is involved in Ca and P absorption in the gut, bone mineralization (bone formation) and demineralization (bone mobilization); Ca and phosphate reabsorption by the kidneys.

Commercial layers are usually maintained indoors, and do not receive enough sunlight to convert 7-dihydrocholesterolin sufficient levels to supply their vitamin D3 requirements. This is why vitamin D is routinely added to layer feeds, which is essential for the maintenance of egg production, eggshell formation, and calcium homeostasis.

Which are the deficiency Diseases of Vitamin D in Birds ?

The two most prominent forms of vitamin D are ergocalciferol (D2) and cholecalciferol (D3). Vitamin D3 is an important nutrient for chickens, especially for growing chicks and laying hens.

The inadequacy of vitamin D in birds results in rickets, retarded growth, soft and rubbery beak, hypocalcemia, parathyroid hyperplasia, elevated serum alkaline phosphatase, a marked expansion of epiphyseal growth plates including cartilage hypertrophy, failure of calcification of cartilage and osteoid, and fibrous osteodystrophy.

In hens, a vitamin D deficiency adversely affects egg production and causes calcium deficiency. The need for vitamin D depends to a large extent on the ratio of calcium to phosphorus. The vitamin D needs of poultry are increased several folds by inadequate levels of calcium and (or) phosphorus or by improper ratios of these minerals in the diet.

How Does Vitamin D Metabolize in the Body ?

Cholecalciferol is the most common form of vitamin D added to feeds. After absorption by the intestinal mucosa, it is transported to the liver, where it is hydroxylated in the position 25, resulting in 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25(OH)D3). This metabolite is directed to the kidneys and hydroxylated at carbon 1, originating the active metabolite of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (1,25(OH)2 α-D3). Vitamin D has been shown to stimulate the synthesis of a calcium binding protein in the intestine.

Dynamic Alpha, is Bio-enhanced Natural D3 Booster

It is a blend of Phytoconstituents (Natural absorbance enhancers) and contains plant origin metabolites of Vitamin D3. It increases the absorption efficiency of liposoluble vitamin D3 present in the feed of birds. It maintains homeostasis of Ca:P in body, improves bone density, increases egg shell thickness and vitamin D levels of eggs.

Feeding recommendation

  • Layers – 250 – 500 g / tonne of feed
  • Broiler – 250 – 500 g / tonne of feed
  • Breeder – 500 g / tonne of feed OR as directed by Veterinarian/Nutritionist

Mitigating Common Hazards at Poultry Farms, Backing Up The Eradication Program

Mitigating Common Hazards at Poultry Farms, Backing Up The Eradication Program

Over the decades, scientists have been putting grueling efforts to increase the profitability in poultry industry from all possible ways. The results have been fruitful so far as we see double digit growth in the industry every year. However, it is still a challenge to tackle some common infections at the farm level viz E. coli, Salmonella sp, Pasteurella sp, Mycoplasma sp, Compylobacter sp etc.
What are the common ways to prevent disease occurrences at a farm ?
All over the world, the industry fellows are using multi-directed approach to minimize and eradicate the diseases. To mention some at farm; filling cracks and crevasses, placing traps for insects and rodents, consistent cleaning, disinfection, regular monitoring of the shed for infections, biosafety measures, and vaccination schedules.Not so long ago, have researchers found remarkable effects on minimizing pathogenic infections by using ayurvedic phyto-molecules. These herbal compounds not only reduce the chances of disease out-breaks but also build birds’ immunity; have significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is cited in many scientific articles that uses of herbs in poultry feed have substantially improved performance of the birds and longevity of the production cycles in layers.

HERBOFLOXIN, A Natural Growth Promoter

Herbofloxin is a unique micro emulsified formulation of phyto-active
ingredients. Its administration is through water which allows it to neutralize water sanitizers and pH. Anti-microbial functions of the herbs such as Thymus vulgaris, Eucalyptus, Syzygium and Citronella, prevents entry of pathogen through water and rapid spread of the infection. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant roles of Herbofloxin helps in healing and recovery.

Essentiolitt, A Litter Amendment System

Essentiolitt is an efficient bioaerosol cleanser; credits to anti-urease action of Essentiolitt for minimizing NH3 release in deep litter systems. It prevents
harmful effects on the birds and reduces ammonia release in the environment. It reduces wetness of the litter and destroys pathogenic microbes in the litter.

Thus, supports biosecurity at the farm. The combination of organic acids and essential oils also acts as an odor control system in the shed. At last, Essentiolitt facilitates the growth of harmless microflora for better litter to manure conversion.
Organic and safe products like Herbofloxin and Essentiolitt are the best
substitute for antibiotic growth promoter in the emerging market. The efficacy of these products has been creating an unique global market in the recent years.
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