Poultry farming: added value of greater bone strength


Within the poultry sector, the strength of bones stands as a crucial element impacting bird health, productivity and economic outcomes.

The significance of bolstering bone strength cannot be overstated, given its direct influence on animal welfare, operational efficiency and product excellence. This piece delves into the advantages of heightened bone strength in poultry, with a specific spotlight on the role of Poulsil, a bioactive silicium additive, in driving these enhancements.

The Significance of Bone Strength in Poultry

Bone strength plays a pivotal role in poultry for several key reasons:

  1. Animal Well-Being: Robust bones diminish fracture occurrences and other skeletal issues, fostering improved bird welfare. This, in turn, aligns with ethical guidelines and enhances public perceptions of poultry farming practices.
  2. Decreased Mortality and Culling Rates: Strengthened bone structures lower mortality rates and decrease the necessity for culling due to skeletal deformities or injuries, resulting in cost savings and minimized production disturbances.
  3. Enhanced Operational Efficiency: Birds with sturdy bones demonstrate enhanced mobility and physical activity, promoting muscle growth and development. Consequently, this leads to superior feed conversion rates and heightened operational efficiency, translating into tangible financial benefits.
  4. Mitigated Production Losses: Bone-related complications can hamper feed intake, growth, and egg production. By fortifying bones, consistent production levels are maintained, optimizing revenue potential.
  5. Elevated Product Quality: Strengthened bones reduce carcass damage during processing, leading to improved appearance, prolonged shelf life and heightened consumer satisfaction. This can drive price premiums and elevate market demand.

The Role of Poulsil in Reinforcing Bone Strength

Poulsil, a proprietary bioactive silicium additive, plays a pivotal role in fortifying bone strength in poultry. Here’s how it contributes to this objective:

  • Collagen Synthesis and Bone Mineralization: Silicium is vital for collagen synthesis and bone mineralization. Collagen establishes the framework for bone structure, while mineralization fortifies and hardens bones.
  • Enhanced Bone Structure and Flexibility: Poulsil bolsters the architecture, strength, durability and flexibility of connective tissues. This is essential for the proper growth, development, and upkeep of bones, cartilage, and other tissues.
  • Optimized Bioavailability: Poulsil is engineered to offer highly bioavailable silicium, ensuring efficient absorption and utilization by birds. This is particularly crucial as natural silicium sources often exhibit low bioavailability.
  • Augmented Bone Weight and Strength: Trials have indicated that Poulsil supplementation substantially increases bone weight, maximum force, fracture force, and static stiffness. These parameters signify enhanced bone strength and resilience.

Trial-Based Evidence

Extensive trials have underscored the efficacy of Poulsil in enhancing bone strength in poultry:

  • Bone Health Trials: Trials conducted by Poulpharm showcase notable enhancements in bone weight, maximum force, fracture force, and static stiffness in birds supplemented with Poulsil compared to control groups. These enhancements point towards stronger and more resilient bones.
  • Welfare Trials: Poulsil supplementation resulted in improved welfare outcomes for birds. Marked reductions in foot pad lesions and gait scores suggest enhanced comfort and mobility. Additionally, resting behavior saw improvement, indicating overall enhanced welfare.
  • Production Performance: Birds receiving Poulsil exhibited improved production performance, with significant enhancements in average body weight, daily weight gain, and feed conversion ratio. These advantages contribute to heightened productivity and profitability for poultry farmers.

Benefits of Poulsil for Poultry Farmers

Poulsil offers an array of benefits that can significantly support poultry farmers:

  • Enhanced Animal Welfare: By strengthening bone health and overall bird well-being, Poulsil aids farmers in meeting ethical standards and enhancing their flocks’ welfare. This not only boosts the farm’s reputation but also aligns with consumer demands for elevated welfare standards.
  • Increased Economic Returns: Lowered mortality and culling rates, coupled with improved production efficiency, result in substantial cost savings.
  • Sustainable Production Practices: Enhanced bone strength and improved health lead to more sustainable production methods. Farmers can maintain heightened production levels with fewer resources, contributing to environmental sustainability.
  • Versatility: Poulsil proves effective across various poultry types, including broilers, laying birds, and breeders. This versatility positions it as a valuable addition to any poultry farming operation.


Enhancing bone strength in poultry plays a pivotal role in boosting animal welfare, operational efficiency and product quality.

Poulsil, enriched with its bioactive silicium blend, is a unique solution to unlock these advantages.

By enhancing collagen synthesis, promoting bone mineralization, and nurturing overall bone well-being, Poulsil empowers poultry farmers to streamline their operations, cut down costs, and increase profitability.

Prioritizing bone health through Poulsil not only fosters better outcomes for the birds but also drives sustainable and lucrative poultry farming practices.

Tiago Prucha

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Poulsil ® is an organic, bio-active source of Silicon which can be used for:

  • collagen synthesis,
  • bone mineralization,
  • key role in the synthesis of structural proteins.

Poulsil is based on a patented mesoporosilica formulation that allows to increase bioavailability of Silicium dioxide.

Poulsil Si for poultry