Benefits of fiber feed additives in poultry nutrition

Benefits of fiber feed additives in poultry nutrition

Insoluble fiber source is essential for poultry welfare and performance

Poultry have an inherent need for fiber to maintain a healthy digestive system. Soluble fibers can be used as an energy source by poultry; however, they also reduce the digestibility of nutrients, such as protein, starch and fat. They do this by increasing digesta viscosity, by binding them in the case of pectin, or creating a barrier effect. This in turn reduces the rate of intestinal passage and potentially causes wet litter. Meanwhile, insoluble fibers, the structural fibers found in plant material, cannot be used as an energy source by monogastric species.