Choline chloride is used as an important feed additive in animal species, especially chickens. Choline- chemically known as 2-hydroxyethyl-trimethyl ammonium hydroxide and is referred to as vitamin B4.
- It has recently been claimed as a rediscovered vitamin & performance promoter in poultry.
- The role of choline in the prevention of conditions such as perosis and liver enlargement in chicks is already well known.
- The main function of choline is to act as a lipotropic agent and prevents the abnormal fatty infiltration in the liver (Fatty Liver Syndrome) thus ensures proper metabolism of the body & effective utilization of the nutrients.
- The young chicken needs choline more due to the inability to synthesize at a sufficient rate. Females are less susceptible to choline deficiency, without an exact clear mechanism. Egg contains 12-13 mg choline per gram dried whole egg mass.
Roles of choline chloride in poultry
- Prevention of abnormal fat accumulation (fatty liver)
- Prevention of perosis/chondrodystrophy which is an anatomic deformation of leg bones in young chickens, turkey poults, and pheasant poults etc.
- Enhancing maximum egg production
- Choline is a metabolic essential for building and maintaining cell structure
- Choline is essential for the synthesis of acetylcholine by mitochondria at the presynaptic terminal of the neural synapse, a substance that makes possible the transmission of nerve impulses.
- Animal species: Poultry
- Route of administration: Feed grade
- Dosage: 100g to 1 ton of feed