The addition of zinc to the drinking water promotes the recovery of the feather pack of poultry. In addition, the supplementation of fresh straw seems to cure skin infections in the birds. These are the findings of research done by Dutch Health Institute for Animals (GD).
producers try to minimise the mortality by adding acids to the drinking water or
feed. Furthermore, the farmers supplement the animals with extra vitamins,
biotin, selenium and zinc. The Dutch GD found out that the supplementation of
Federfein, a zinc product, has the best results in reducing the skin infections.
An elevated zinc supply does not lead to a higher zinc concentration in the
liver, but increases the zinc level in the manure.
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