Avi-Lution® supplemented at 1.0 or 2.0 g/kg in feed improves the growth performance of broiler chickens during challenge with bacitracin-resistantClostridium perfringens
Avi-Lution® is a defined, patented, synbiotic product containing Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Enterococcus faecium, and Bacillus spp. Broiler chickens (n = 1,250) were experimentally treated as uninoculated controls (uCon), inoculated controls (iCon) with Clostridium perfringens, or inoculated and treated with bacitracin methylene disalicylate (BMD) at 55 mg/kg as an infected/treated control or Avi-Lution® at 1.0 (AvL1) or 2.0 (AvL2) g/kg in feed for 42 d. Each treatment was applied to 10 replicate pens of 25 straight-run, newly hatched chicks. Pens treated with AvL1, AvL2, or BMD showed improved growth, feed efficiency, or mortality from necrotic enteritis compared with iCon pens at d 14, 28, and 42. No differences in these measurements, however, were observed between pens treated with AvL1 and AvL2, which suggests that Avi-Lution® was effective at 1.0 g/kg in feed. Despite improved performance, BMD, AvL1, and AvL2 treatments did not decrease the severity of intestinal lesion scores through 42 d of age compared with the infected control. These results demonstrate that Avi-Lution® improved growth performance and feed conversion rates in broilers challenged with Clostridium perfringens despite no difference in severity of intestinal lesion scores.