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its proper name: biotin.
Most authorities recommend adding a purified
source of d-biotin in most poultry feeds through the use
of the usual vitamin premix.
Today, biotin is one of the water-soluble vitamins, belonging to the complex of B vitamins, and is
recognized as an essential nutrient. The latter means animals require an external supply of this vitamin through
their feed. Whether their natural diet contains enough
biotin or not is a matter that requires further clarification, which we will discuss later on.
The many functions of biotin
Biotin is required for carbohydrate, lipid and protein
metabolism - in essence, a vitamin that works as a cofactor in enzymatic reactions that involve the transfer of
carbon dioxide from
molecule to molecule.
Poultry kept on wet
In even simpler
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