Gut health in young broilers hardly affected by antibiotics

Antibiotics may only temporarily affect intestinal microbial and intestinal immune parameters later in broiler's life.

Animal health will benefit from a stable intestinal homeostasis, for which proper development and functioning of the intestinal microbiota and immune system are essential, according to Wageningen University & Research researchers.

It has been established that changes in microbial colonization in early life — the first two weeks post-hatch — affect the functioning of the adult gut and the associated cross-talk between microbiota and intestinal mucosal cells.

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