Peebles, E. David
Macklin, Kenneth S.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Poultry Science
The effects of dietary antimicrobial removal and Bacillus subtilis supplementation on the growth and intestinal health of male broilers were investigated. Birds were fed either a control, antimicrobial, or a B. subtilis probiotic diet at different feeding phases. Birds were challenged with a 10 × dose of a coccidiosis vaccine. Supplementation of B. subtilis in for antimicrobials in the late grower and early finisher phases improved growth similar to birds fed antimicrobials until withdrawal, while antimicrobial removal without B. subtilis supplementation in those periods hindered growth. The improved growth suggests that the probiotic was able to alleviate the stress of the challenge compared to antimicrobial removal. Processing yields were improved with antimicrobial removal and B. subtilis supplementation in late grower and early finisher phase. Intestinal health was improved with lower intestinal lesions when antimicrobial were removed and B. subtilis supplemented suggesting the reduction of Eimeria species from colonizing the intestine.
O'Donnell, Kacey, "Removal of Dietary Antimicrobials and Effects of their Replacement with Bacillus Subtilis on the Growth and Intestinal Health of Male Broilers" (2018). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 3789.