It’s all about
the pre-pros

You already know probiotics—maybe you’re keen on yoghurt, kombucha, or apple cider vinegar. Probiotics are live, non-pathogenic (good) bacteria that can help keep your gut healthy and balance your digestive system. Probiotics for chickens, strengthen the immunity of your flock and help them to digest their food.

Prebiotics, a non-digestible plant fiber, are egg-stra foods for the probiotics. They include arabinogalactan, fructooligosaccharides, inulin, mannanoligosaccharides, pectin and psyllium.

When probiotic organisms eat these food ingredients that the body normally cannot, they produce energy and vitamins for the body, and help maintain a healthy balance of gut flora.

So to work best, we balance our probiotics with the right prebiotics for the most effective combination of pre-pros.

Good or bad
bacteria?

100 trillion bacteria and other microbes live all over and inside your body. This is your personal microbiome.

Your chickens have microbiomes too. Especially in their gut, your hens need to have lots of varied good bacteria for them to stay in tip-top health and be able to lay their very best quality eggs.

Specially selected good bacteria in our pre-pro treats work like natural antibiotics, defending your hens against bad bacteria which cause sickness and disease.

When bad bacteria attack your chickens, they can attach themselves to the lining of your hens’ small intestines. This destroys the protective lining and means they don’t absorb essential vitamins and minerals as well.

So the right probiotics for your hens help them stay strong and fight off intestinal illness, plus help their digestive systems work better so they get more nutrients out of their normal food.

Our Zen Hen Balanced Treats for chickens are designed to easily, cheaply and naturally help backyard chickens fight off diseases from their daily environment. This helps them to stay happy, healthy, and laying more and better eggs for you and your family.

Glossary

microbiome

100 trillion bacteria and other microbes live all over and inside your body. This is your personal microbiome.

microbe

Microorganisms or microbes are microscopic organisms that exist as unicellular, multicellular, or cell clusters. They are widespread in nature and are beneficial to life, but some can cause serious harm. There are six major types: bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoa, algae, and viruses.

antimicrobial

Inhibits the growth of, or kills, microorganisms. Antibiotics are produced naturally from molds or bacteria. Antimicrobials can be chemically synthesized also, but the term encompasses both.

pathogenic

Describes viruses, bacteria, and other types of germs that can cause some kind of disease. In this case we usually talk about pathogenic or bad bacteria, that can live in your chicken’s gut and can make them sick.

Good vs bad yeast

Our strain of yeast is similar to that used to make bread and wine. Recent research comparing it to Candida albicans, the yeast that causes human infection, shows that the protein controlling a particular process in one yeast species controls something different in the other.  Good and bad yeasts are notably different to each other.

Which came first?

The chicken. No, the egg. Or was it the chicken? Actually it was the egg; as the first chicken would have come from a mutation of a pre-chicken, hatched in an egg. So now you know.

biome

A major ecological community of organisms adapted to a particular climatic or environmental condition on a large geographic area in which they occur.

backyard chicken

Also called urban chickens, these are hens kept in urban or suburban yards, usually for eggs and/or as pets.

DHA (docosahexanoic acid)

A 22-carbon fatty acid, DHA makes up about 8% of brain weight and is extremely important for normal brain development and function.

cholesterol

A type of lipid. It forms part of cell membranes and is used in the formation of brain cells, nerve cells, bile acids, preformed Vitamin D and hormones.

Some cholesterol in our body is essential. However, people eat too many saturated fatty acids which can raise the risk of heart disease because it causes high blood cholesterol. Watch the food you eat with your eggs – white bread, butter, salt, and processed meats, like bacon.

omega-3s

Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart and blood vessels and reduce inflammation. They reduce triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood, reduce the risk of developing arrhythmia, slow the buildup of plaque in your arteries, and can help to lower your blood pressure. Investigations are ongoing into Omega-3s helping to prevent diabetes and cancer, and managing depression.

Better poop

It’s not just eggs that are healthier. Probiotics are a natural way of improving the compost in your garden.