Effects of Different Levels of a Locally Made Probiotic (BiolatemTM ) Administered via Drinking Water on Growth Performance of Broiler Chickens

  • Harrison Lungu
  • Jonas Wiza Ng'ambi
  • Kolawale Odubute
  • Josep Simbaya
  • Oswin C Chibinga
Keywords: Biolatem™ as a growth promoter, Ross 308 broiler chickens.


This study aimed at determining the growth performance of broiler chickens offered varying amounts of a locally made probiotic (Biolatem™) in drinking water. One hundred and ninety-two (192) day-old chicks were bought from a local hatchery, and divided into four groups (n = 48). The groups were randomly allocated to four levels of Biolatem™ via drinking water (i.e., 0, 5, 8 and 10mL of Biolatem™ per 5L of drinking water). Both the water and feed were offered to the birds in all treatment groups ad libitum from 0 – to 42 days of age. Feed and water intake was monitored daily, and body weights were assessed at 0, 7, 14, 21, 28, 35 and 42 days of age. Weight gains and feed conversion ratios were calculated weekly. Generally, birds that received Biolatem™ in water showed higher (p < 0.05) total weight gains, daily weight gains and final body weights at 42 days of age than those that consumed water without Biolatem™. Among birds that received Biolatem™, those that were offered 8mL of Biolatem™ per 5L of drinking water had better performance (p < 0.05) in the variables assessed. It was concluded that Biolatem™ positively influenced the growth performance of the broiler chickens, and the best performance was exhibited by birds that were consuming water with 8mL of Biolatem™ per 5L in it.


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Kanyinji F, Lungu H, Ng’ambi J, Odubute K, Simbaya J, Chibinga O. Effects of Different Levels of a Locally Made Probiotic (BiolatemTM ) Administered via Drinking Water on Growth Performance of Broiler Chickens. University of Zambia Journal of Agricultural and Biomedical Sciences [Internet]. 27Nov.2023 [cited 25Jul.2024];7(2). Available from: https://journals.unza.zm/index.php/JABS/article/view/1120
Agriculture Sciences