Less antibiotics for chickens

Since 2009, there has been a change in the Netherlands with regard to the use of antibiotics in livestock farming. Due to the change in legislation, the use of antibiotics in poultry farming has dropped by over 70% since 2009. Therefore, the agricultural entrepreneur has to look for alternatives to keep his animals healthy.

pluimvee antibiotica reductie

Good digestion and resistance is important for healthy chickens

The use of antibiotics on a poultry farm is undesirable. The relationship between stocking density and health may be a direct consequence of increased infection pressure due to intensive contact between the animals. Viruses and infections spread quickly through the farm. Increased stress, reduced resistance and a poor climate can also lead to extra use of antibiotics.

How to recognise it

Antibiotic use often rises unnoticed

Do you keep track of your antibiotic use on your farm every week? Is it just an occasional treatment or does the number of treatments increase each round? It is important to properly register the use of antibiotics and the reason for using them and to discuss this regularly with your veterinarian. Also check your water pipes regularly, dirt can accumulate here and bacteria can easily spread through your farm via the water pipes.

Cause & effect

Increased disease pressure leads to increased use of antibiotics

Contaminated water pipes can change the taste of the water, animals drink less and ingest bacteria through the drinking water. If they also have an increased stomach pH due to stress, the natural barrier no longer functions properly. Bacteria penetrate into the intestines and cause inflammation.

These bacteria in the bloodstream cause weak animals, wet manure, bad eggs and ultimately the use of antibiotics. Because the bacteria spread through the droppings, the other chickens in the house also become ill. It is important to intervene in time to prevent worse.


Acidified, clean drinking water prevents sick animals

Kanters has developed drinking water supplements for clean water and organic acid mixtures supplemented with minerals. Our buffered and unbuffered organic acid mixtures ensure a good level of acidity in the stomach and therefore good digestion. This increases the chicken’s resistance so they do not get sick. This is the solution for antibiotic reduction.



"Dankzij Aqua-clean van Kanters geef ik mijn dieren Hygiënisch schoon water. Hierdoor stijgt de wateropnamen wat de diergezondheid bevordert”
Klaas Timmer
Vleeskuikenhouder (110.000 vleeskuikens) te Meerkerk

Tailored solutions for you as a poultry farmer

We are happy to come and visit you to determine which solution suits you best. Kanters has done research on intestinal health in poultry, want to know more?
Product solutions for your challenges

The solution for less antibiotic use in chickens

Whether it is about water hygiene, organic acids, feed supplements, chickpaper or feed preservation, we are happy to be of service. You can order our products easily by filling in the order form or by contacting us directly. We are also happy to help if you have any questions, need advice or more information.