Growth performance in poultry

Did you know that up to 70% of poultry production costs are feed related? So, itĀ“s obvious that the major focus for profitable poultry production is feed efficiency.

Improving nutrient utilization to optimize production performance in poultry is the most powerful success strategy in poultry production and still meets consumer demands and expectations from the market.


Efficiency ā€“ the key ingredient in poultry production

It is estimated that by 2050 the world's population will rise to around ten billion people - this will increase the demand for poultry meat and eggs by approximately 70%. The low cost of poultry meat and eggs along with the absence of religious restrictions make this relatively cheap animal protein source the primary choice for consumers and driver for growth in total meat production. Modern poultry production is a highly sophisticated, integrated industry and its success depends strongly on expert management and pinpoint nutrition. In addition to maintaining the best possible laying and growth performance, product quality and food safety of meat and eggs are crucial for long-term leadership of the protein market.

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The industryā€™s standard to measure production efficiency in poultry is the feed conversion ratio (FCR), expressing the amount of feed consumed per flock divided by the amount of live weight or kg eggs produced during a full production cycle. The lower the number, the more efficient feed conversion is. Today, a standard broiler chicken reared under good management conditions will have an FCR between 1.5 to 1.7.  An FCR of 1.9 to 2.2 is common for laying hens.

Nutrient utilization is a prerequisite

Improving nutrient utilization and optimizing FCR in poultry is one of the most effective strategies to increase the profitability of poultry production. However, a variety of stressors affect gut health and nutrient utilization every day.


Balanced rations that supply the proper nutrient ratios per stage of production are a prerequisite for maintaining the consistent performance and stability of the digestive functions. The need-based formulation practices enable the efficient conversion of valuable nutritional components into best growth or laying performance. As such, the most effective strategy to reduce production cost and increase the profitability of poultry production is the improvement of nutrient utilization and the optimization of feed efficiency.

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Phytogenic support for profitable poultry production:

BiostrongĀ® 510 - the plant-based boost for best performance in poultry

  • Optimizes feed conversion ratio in broilers, promotes growth performance
  • Enhances egg mass and laying rate in layers
  • Reduces ammonia formation



The power of nature - backed by research:

BiostrongĀ® 510 allows safe and sustainable poultry production from plant-based solutions. Synergistic effects of selected ingredients like essential oils, saponins and specific pungent and bitter substances in BiostrongĀ® 510 provide benefits in feed efficiency, increased performance, and livability in poultry - thus reducing the production costs per pound of eggs or meat.

Nature works hard

Studies on broiler performance conducted with BiostrongĀ® 510 have shown improvements in feed conversion ratio (FCR) and enhanced body weight gain as compared to the same feed formulation but without BiostrongĀ® 510.

Studies on layer performance conducted with BiostrongĀ® 510 have shown an improvement of feed conversion ratio when compared to diets not supplemented with BiostrongĀ® 510.

Supplementing layers diet with BiostrongĀ® 510 can support laying rate.

BiostrongĀ® 510 can help to maintain consistent egg mass in laying hens.

Inclusion of BiostrongĀ® 510 in poultry rations decreases ammonia formation in poultry.

Phytogenic performance

With proven efficacy by the zootechnical registration

In 2017, Delacon received approval as a zootechnical feed additive for BiostrongĀ® 510. Our phytogenic feed additive for poultry met the highest validation standards recognized by the European authorities (Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/420). The EFSA and the European Commission confirmed that BiostrongĀ® 510 has the potential to demonstrably improve the performance of chickens for fattening1. In the feed industry, the zootechnical registration is considered as scientific gold standard as it provides independent, objective scientific evidence of the quality, efficacy, and safety of the product.

Selected Delacon products may be used in organic production in accordance with Regulations (EC) No 834/2007 and (EC) No 889/2008. For more in depth information, please contact our Delacon expert.


1 EFSA Journal 2016. 14 (7): 4351. 
 *Average data of 48 trials in broilers with BiostrongĀ® 510
**Performance trial in laying hens with BiostrongĀ® 510, B295
***Average data of 3 trials in broilers with BiostrongĀ® 510

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