The adequacy of nutrition in chickens has a significant effect on productivity and is closely related to the functioning of the digestive tract. The digestive tract with optimal functioning is able to utilize rations through the process of digestion and absorption of nutrients which leads to maximum livestock productivity.
There are many conditions that affect the digestive tract of chickens, one of which is the factor of stress. In this condition, the chicken will be susceptible to various diseases. This is as felt by Abdul Jalil Bahar, manager of the “Rizky Layer” farm located in Bulotalangi Timur Village, East Bulango District, Bolango Regency, Gorontalo Province.
Jalil said that his brother’s laying chicken farm that has been around for 15 years often has problems with stress due to heat stress, particularly when the season changes.
“The problems we often face come during the change of seasons, especially during the summer. Perhaps heat stress makes chickens vulnerable to stress. As a result, production decreases and susceptibility to various diseases, mainly in the digestive tract, increases,“ said Jalil.
Consequently, he feels concerned when the season changes. “At times, the FCR (feed conversion ratio) will be high, but the resulting production does not reach the target and will only reach 78-79%,” he explained. From there, he was introduced to Optigrin through Medion personnel to solve the issue. Optigrin is a product made from natural ingredients (natural growth promoter) with phytobiotic content that is able to improve performance, reduce mortality from disease, maintain the balance of microflora in the gut, and increase endurance in chickens.
“The first time we were introduced to Optigrin, we were still in doubt because we heard of other similar products, but after using it for our chickens and having good results, we feel it is suitable and still use it to this day,” said Jalil. Jalil received satisfying results after utilizing Optigrin. “The outcome is that the body’s resistance to digestive diseases is strengthened in addition to providing quality feed that can be consumed by the chickens. This certainly helps improve the efficiency of feed use,” he stated.
Another benefit that Jalil found was that the purchase of medicines to treat illnesses had also decreased. “The healthy condition of the chickens certainly reduces drug purchases. Chicken performance also looks better. Production increased by 4%. Until now, I am satisfied because of the good results, “he concluded.