BioComplex for Poultry

Ekogea’s BioComplex Products for Poultry are derived from 100% natural Marine Algae (Seaweed), processed in a unique way so it has a positive effect upon many of the key performance criteria in broilers and layers.

Tackling Key Issues for Poultry Farmers

The benefits of Ekogea’s BioComplex products for poultry include:

Reduction in Ammonia

Birds fed with BioComplex Feed produce less ammonia helping farms to comply with increasingly strict regulation.

The reduction in gaseous ammonia reduces greenhouse gas emissions and also improves the health and well being of both birds and farm workers.

This alone will be a significant help with planning applications in the future.

Reduction in Antibiotic Use

Using BioComplex significantly improves gut health  and reduces the amount of  antibiotics required to treat issues relating to poor gut health.

Ongoing trials report healthier birds with lower disease pressure, lower levels of mortality and less antibiotic usage.

Increasing Profitability

Key performance indicators, such as growth rates and feed conversion ratios, are improved by better gut health and lower gut function. 

Target weights are achieved sooner with less feed used resulting in improved profitability each crop.

Improved Egg Size and Quality

Use of BioComplex Feed on layers significantly increases average egg size.

The quality of grade A eggs improves with less seconds and downgrades. 

Better Environment for Pigs and Farmers

Reduced ammonia levels in the bird house means a healthier environment for both birds and stock persons.

This adds to the overall general health of the birds.

How Does BioComplex For Poultry Work?

Administered within existing feed lines, our BioComplex Feed Ingredient significantly improves the balance of microbes in the gut which are vital to the overall health of the birds.

Microbial Diversity In The Gut

Microbial diversity is key to efficient feed conversion and nutrient assimilation.

The use of Ekogea’s BioComplex enables beneficial microbes to naturally outcompete pathogens, promoting competitive exclusion.

A healthier balance of gut organisms strengthens the epithelial cells lining the gut wall, preventing undesirable organisms crossing this vital barrier, therefore reducing “leaky gut”,  a significant cause of diarrhoea.

Unique Extraction Process

The ability to promote competitive exclusion is due to the unique way in which BioComplex is processed, which leaves high levels of available natural organic acid and sugars. 

Two key elements act together to improve the gut biome:


These are simple sugars which encourage an increase in the number and diversity of beneficial organisms within the gut. The treated nature of BioComplex makes these more available to the animal and thus a healthier gut biome is created.

Polyuronic Acids

These provide a natural protection against toxins and pathogens and act as a buffer to prevent them being absorbed by the gut. It has a high capacity for ion exchange which buffers metals and toxins. Positively charged metals and toxins are attracted to the Polyuronic Acid and are chelated and buffered, reducing their undesirable effects. 

The compounds are negatively charged and so are attracted to the positively charged cell walls of the gut.  As a result, they provide a natural barrier to pathogens getting into the cell wall.

How Does This Reduce Ammonia?

An additional benefit of BioComplex is its ability to chemically convert the toxic gaseous ammonia in the faeces into a non-toxic crystalline ammonium.

The Polyuronic Acids chemically alter the form in which ammonia and sulphur dioxide are held from a gaseous to crystalline form, reducing airborne contamination and odour.

This improves the environment within the house by reducing odour and ammonia volatisation, providing a healthier environment for both birds and stockpersons.

Why Is BioComplex Better?

Ekogea’s BioComplex is ‘treated algae’ as opposed to ‘untreated algae’.

Treated algae means the cells and cell walls of Ascophyllum Nodosum are broken down during the production process and the trace elements, proteins and minerals extracted in a purer form for use in the gut of the animal.

Importantly, no acids are used in the extraction process leaving the simplest sugars available which are absorbed more easily in the gut.

For untreated algae (normal seaweed based products) the cell walls are not broken down in the same way so the trace elements, proteins and minerals remain trapped inside the cells and are less available for use in the gut.


“Since using BioComplex Feed ingredient, bird health has improved with increased bird weights and lower farm mortality. This is in addition to an improved Feed Conversion Rate. The financial returns have far outweighed the cost of the product.”

South West Poultry Farmer

“By adding Ekogea’s BioComplex Feed ingredient to our bird’s water in selected sheds over several crops, we have seen improvements on feed conversion and growth rates in the majority of those sheds. This has given us the equivalent of up to an extra two days of weight gain per crop over the control sheds.”

Devon-based Broiler Farmer

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