“We’re focused on what we can add to the diet to maximize gut health in chickens, looking at a variety of compounds ranging from probiotics to prebiotics, to organic acids, to extracts from different spices and herbs,” he says.
Applegate and Georgia’s researchers are also considering ways they can improve the rearing processes and how they can affect the spread of disease.
“Another focus of our faculty’s research is how the entirety of gut bacteria affects salmonella and how different compounds we’re testing could reduce the occurrence,” says Applegate. “With our research, we’re constantly adding to our knowledge base, but unfortunately, there is no magic bullet.”
Ensuring the health and well-being of our birds in Georgia is critical to the economy of our state.