Evaluation of the bacterial diversity in cecal contents of laying hens fed various molting diets by using bacterial tag-encoded FLX amplicon pyrosequencing.

@article{Callaway2009EvaluationOT,
  title={Evaluation of the bacterial diversity in cecal contents of laying hens fed various molting diets by using bacterial tag-encoded FLX amplicon pyrosequencing.},
  author={Todd R. Callaway and Scot E. Dowd and Randall D. Wolcott and Y Sun and J. L. McReynolds and Thomas S. Edrington and James Allen Byrd and R C Anderson and Nathan Krueger and David J. Nisbet},
  journal={Poultry science},
  year={2009},
  volume={88 2},
  pages={
          298-302
        }
}
Laying hens are typically induced to molt to begin a new egg-laying cycle by withdrawing feed for up to 12 to 14 d. Fasted hens are more susceptible to colonization and tissue invasion by Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis. Much of this increased incidence in fasted hens is thought to be due to changes in the native intestinal microflora. An alternative to feed withdrawal involves feeding alfalfa meal crumble to hens, which is indigestible by poultry but provides fermentable substrate to… CONTINUE READING

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