The liver is the central laboratory of a chicken’s body. It is essential that this organ is kept in excellent condition in order to maintain a healthy bird. Understanding the metabolic function and causes of disruptions in liver functions helps us to provide the birds with the right feed and health treatment. The liver contains great functional reserve capacity, which is very important in domestic animals subjected to high production requirements.
What are the functions of the liver in poultry?
The liver in a chicken has several significant functioning including; bile secretion, detoxification, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, as well as several other metabolic functions.
Liver diseases: Important damage can occur before clinical signs become apparent. The clinical silence of the hepatic lesions is due to its significant reserve of functional capacity, its complexity, and its extraordinary capacity of regeneration. Several syndromes are recognized in the poultry and a few of them are;
Hepatoencephalopathy: a medical condition characterized by neurologic symptoms caused by intoxication of the brain by-products of protein digestion, namely ammonia.
Hemochromatosis: it is a disease of an excessive storage of Hemosiderin (iron-containing pigment) in various body tissues.
Fatty Liver Syndrome: this condition occurs primarily in birds kept in cages, but has also been recognized as a less significant problem in birds kept on litter. It is associated with birds fed high energy diets and the first sign of the syndrome is an increase in mortality of the flock with birds in full production being found dead with pale heads.
Need for HEPATOPROTECTANT:
To overcome the effects of these conditions in poultry there is a need for a hepatoprotectant/ liver tonic which is a combination of lipotropic agents, liver stimulants, antioxidants, mold inhibitors, and toxin binders as a complete liver tonic.
Such a unique combination is KiFAY which apart from being an amino acid optimizer also has a hepatoprotectant effect in poultry as follows: