Moist bedding and cor­ro­sive ammonia vapours often lead to inflam­ma­to­ry footpad lesions in poultry. The Chamber of Agri­cul­ture of Lower Saxony has there­fore had biochar tested as a litter addi­tive and speaks of impres­sive results in its interim report. For example, com­pared to the control group, the litter remained sharper and drier, the ball of the feet health­i­er and the bio­log­i­cal per­for­mance was not impaired. You can read the full report here.
Orig­i­nal article (German): Ein­streuman­age­ment als Maß­nahme zur Verbesserung der Fußbal­lenge­sund­heit bei Mas­thäh­nchen (Bedding man­age­ment as a measure to improve the footpad health of broil­ers)
Author: Dr. Peter Hiller, Ange­li­ka Nan
Pub­lished in: LWK Nieder­sach­sen