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Sodium butyrate in chicken nutrition: the dynamics of performance, gut microbiota, gut morphology, and immunity

  • U. AHSAN (a1), Ö. CENGİZ (a1), I. RAZA (a1), E. KUTER (a1), M.F.A. CHACHER (a2) (a3), Z. IQBAL (a4), S. UMAR (a5) and S. ÇAKIR (a6)...
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Abstract

The effect of sodium butyrate on various bodily parameters of broilers such as performance, gut microflora, gut morphology, and immunity is reviewed in order to highlight its importance as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters. Sodium butyrate is used as a source of butyric acid, which is known for its beneficial effects in the gut in monogastrics. Sodium butyrate is available in uncoated and enteric-coated forms protected with fat or fatty acid salts. Varying results in productive performance, gut microbes, and gut morphology have been reported in the literature in response to supplementation of broiler diets with uncoated and fat-coated types of sodium butyrate. However, sodium butyrate has shown pronounced effects on immunity of chickens that are not fully understood yet. Although there are contrasting results of sodium butyrate in chicken, further research is needed using the sodium butyrate coated with the salts of fatty acids.

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