Proper independent trials using Anitone in watering systems have been conducted in commercial chicken operations and found to signiﬁcantly reduce mortality and increase feed conversion.
Intensive poultry production uses scientiﬁcally balanced rations, but there are inevitable periods of stress in the bird’s life cycle.
Anitone is especially useful in establishing day old chickens when they have been subjected to the stress of transport and need settling in, which is usually a time of high mortality. It may be administered via watering systems or mixed with the ration for the ﬁrst week or so.
When the young birds are feathering at approx. 21-28 days is another stressful period when it is useful to administer Anitone again via water or feed for approximately a week. The week before slaughter is the third time in the life cycle that Anitone is useful, as it helps the bird to retain water and succulent muscle tone.
If used strategically in this manner, Anitone is a very useful addition to the commercial meat chicken operation. However, it is just as applicable in layer operations, as well as backyard chicken production systems. Anitone may be fed weekly or biweekly to adult chickens, and will help them lay for longer as well as increase feather quality and colour in show chickens.
Anitone is a useful supplement for the keeper of aviary and caged birds. It can be added to water for the sprouting of seeds, or added to watering systems in the cages, providing there is a good ﬂow through to prevent stagnation. Most birds will take their favourite foods that have been either dipped or soaked in Anitone solution, and in this way their diets can be enriched with access to the array of minerals, vitamins and plant complexes it contains. It should be remembered that birds would drink out of wild waterholes where many of these compounds would be in solution and hence many are required to keep their gut healthy. In the conﬁnement aviary system, gut infections are common.
- Soak seeds in a 5% solution of Anitone
- Pour 5% Anitone solution over kitchen scraps or food treats
- Add Anitone to water at rate of 2mls/litre