Common Causes of Chicken Stress

By James Arpin, Sponsored by Eden Blue Gold

Before the early 1900s, experts could identify fewer than 10 known problematic avian diseases. Today, we have more resources and knowledge, yet still a significant continuous increase in poultry-related problematic conditions. For example, the Poultry Site’s Quick Diseases Guide (thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo) lists 140-plus avian diseases and counting.

Chicken and baby chicks
There are a number of elements that could contribute to your chickens’ stress.

Pastured chickens can live 12 years or more and lay on average 0.891 +/- eggs per day. Their commercialized counterparts, on average, live 1.55 years and lay 0.825 +/- eggs per day. The main difference? Stress.

Manifestations of stress in poultry

Stress in poultry manifests in three forms: physical, emotional and psychological. Stress stems from single elements: toxins, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, dyes, antibiotics and basic synthetic chemicals in the air, feeds, water and cleaning agents.

Most U.S. groundwater tests positive for glyphosate, fluoride, bromide, atrazine, chlorides, biocides and Bisphenol A (BPA). Combine those with A/C electromagnetic frequencies (EMF), vaccines, reduced or eliminated natural lighting, ventilation issues, population density, high NH3 conditions, minimal animal grounding, lack of proper water filtration, etc. and the stress/inflammation factors compound.

All, or some, of these stressors are found in almost all organic and non-organic commercial poultry operations today. This compounding stress leads to unbalanced birds, parasite, disease and reproductive problems, which in turn leads to profit and production loss.

Common causes of stress in chickens and other poultry

Poultry growers can associate with high mortality, poor feed conversation, high feed intake, lower production, floor eggs, thin shells, low/slow weight gain, cannibalism, feather loss, pest, disease, etc.

Free range chickens

We suggest these, among others, are common causes of stress in poultry:

Incorrect fat consumption

Pastured chickens mainly consume more than 80 percent of omega-3 fats high in vitamin K, however, conventionally raised birds consume more than 80 percent of omega-6 fats.

When birds do not obtain adequate amounts of beneficial cholesterol fats at critical times and gain the wrong fats the majority of the time their hormonal production becomes unbalanced. This is detrimental to young birds at chick and pullet age that get their developmental hormones from the fatty acids. Only certain fatty acids optimally operate endocrine adrenals (hormonal central) and contribute to other hormonal production glands. This commercial consumption of incorrect fatty acids imbalances the thyroid, stresses the adrenals’ hormonal production immensely and causes a chain reaction down to the liver and other endrocine organs.

Biofilm creates leaky gut

The brain talks to the gut system 10 percent of the time. The gut system talks to the brain 90 percent of the time. The gut system is critical. Period! Common poultry feed’s mycotoxin metabolite contents and synthetic chemical onslaught set up anaerobic biofilms in the bird’s crop, proventriculus, gizzard, duodenal loop, and small/large intestines.

Biofilms in these areas contribute immensely to inferior digestive power and leaky gut. Couple the wrong fat, salt, and resistance (pH) on top of low levels of beneficial biological and fats with leaky gut, and the birds overeat to compensate for the additional stress of nutritional shortages as their immune system breaks down.

Immune system attacks lead to polypeptide allergies

A chicken’s small intestine is about 4.5 feet in length. A human has about 9 to 10 feet. A bird has on average 95% +/- more digestive and nutrient transfer power than we do (per body weight).

The small intestine is where large particles of undigested foods (polypeptides) enter – through punctures created by biofilm – and past the guarded immune system. When the immune system tries to stop these large undigested ‘foreign’ particles but fails to do so, it produces antibodies against them. This leads to polypeptide feed allergies.

Wrong salts

The gut runs at a 1.2 resistance (pH) or lower. The correct ratio and materials of salt, calcium, biological and resistance (pH) balance is the basis of this low-resistance operating level. Salt is the precursor of hydrochloric acid production. A higher resistance (alkali) above 1.2 causes acid reflux, food allergies, unsterile gut system, gluten amino buildup and low pepsin enzyme production — all hinder protein breakdown to amino acids. Allergies stem from partially digested proteins to create polypeptides, which enter the bloodstream through leaky gut small intestine penetrations. Aminos and cholesterol fats are the adrenal/pituitary glands’ fuel to make hormones. Your feed additive of ‘flow salt(s)’ (YPS/SPF) contain cyanide and or anti-caking agent(s) like E554 (sodium aluminum silicate). These disrupt the correct gut system resistance that properly digests feeds into water-soluble nutritionals. These toxins can/are labeled on feeds as “naturally evaporated” products.

Pushing these ‘high-stressers’ on a repetitive cycle causes problematic avian disease. This lowers production and profit. Recognizing and understanding causes of these stress-induced problems is key to solving them.

For more information about causes of chicken stress, visit edenbluegold.com/poultry-stress-list or contact Eden Solutions, 877-732-5360.

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