Potent Brew - Live liquid probiotic for birds

The Birdcare Company
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Powerful liquid probiotic supplement for birds to support digestive function, increase breeding vigour, chick survival, and chick growth.

The digestive system of birds is very easily upset. Any slight stress causes a reduction in the blood supply to the gut. The biochemical conditions then change reducing the effectiveness of the gut and increasing the risk of infection by harmful bacteria. Keeping the gut topped up with beneficial digestive bacteria keeps the bad bugs under control and ensures that as much of the food as possible is actually absorbed into the bloodstream. This is the job of a probiotic.

Many bird keepers and vets have now demonstrated to themselves the superiority of Potent Brew over the traditional, freeze dried probiotics. Potent Brew works so well because it contains bacteria that act immediately once they get into the gut (they don’t have to rehydrate themselves like dried probiotics do) and it also contains enzyme components for active food digestion. However only buy Potent Brew in small quantities, as it is a live product with a short shelf life (4-6 months) and ideally it should be stored in the fridge.

If you want to add Potent Brew to water, then it is best to use bottled water and here is why:
Tap water would be fine, as long as there isn’t a lot of chlorine in it, as this will kill the good bacteria in the Potent Brew.
Bottled water would be better, but you do need to be careful with the type of bottled water.  So try not to use distilled water, as again this would suck out all of the nutrients from the good bacteria and then they would die.  Also try not to use bottled water that says “pure” in the title, as this could be reverse osmosis water and would be the same as distilled water.

If your birds are eating moist foods or an eggfood, then it would be more economical for you and guaranteed that your birds would take it by adding it to these foods.

Potent Brew stimulates efficient gut function and improves the bird’s ability to absorb nutrition, therefore it contributes to bringing adult birds into breeding condition. When young chicks hatch they have no bacteria in the gut. They rely on their parents to supply them with their food. Potent Brew in the food starts the chicks digestive system off very quickly ensuring rapid early growth and excellent resistance to otherwise dangerous digestive issues.

The bacterial strains in Potent Brew are:

L. Rhamnosus NCIMB 30174

e. Faecium NCIMB 30176

l. Plantarun NCIMB 30173

L. Acidophilus NCIMB 30175

Just take a look at what out customers are reporting:


Potent Brew application:
Add to water 5 ml per litre Do not use in the same drinking water as Aviclens (Saniclens in Europe). On food - 1ml per kg bodyweight.
Active ingredients:
(Per litre) per litre: Vit A 160,000 iu, Vit D3 25,000 iu, Vit E 3,000 mg, Vit C 4,000 mg.


  • 5
    Perfect for controlling gut health

    Posted by Claire R on 1st Apr 2021

    I've been purchasing potent brew for a few years now to help keep my budgie's sensitive gut under control. He suffers with wretching and nausea and potent brew almost eliminates this. Just a couple of drops in his daily water and it does the trick!

  • 5
    First Class Product

    Posted by Lynn on 7th Mar 2021

    I find this product excellent at bringing round birds looking a bit out of sorts. Even older budgies and cockatiels respond well and start breeding. Wouldn't be without it.

  • 5

    Posted by suzanna on 31st Aug 2020

    We recently got a new tiel, male around 3 years old. He went downhill fast after we bought him lost all his weight stopped singing looked very sorry for himself. I brough him in put him in our large brooder for warmth and gave him guardian angel, it got him through a few days but was no where near better 3 days on potent brew was alert and eating readily. A week inside with us on observation then back into the aviary. Strong alert and singing away happy as larry I highly recomend.

  • 5

    Posted by Ian Mercer on 16th Jun 2020

    Excellent birds r thriving on it

  • 5
    Very good

    Posted by Dean Gudgeon on 21st Apr 2020

    I Always use this when hand rearing young / young birds in nest or to support any bird which is ill or stressed (in addition to guardian angel). I have come to regard it as an essential in these circumstances. I use it with feast egg food or in the hand rearing mix with cooled boiled water so the bacteria in it are not harmed by chemicals in tap water.

  • 5
    no bowel problems

    Posted by Judith. Sutton Coldfield on 14th Apr 2020

    I have used this product over the years. It cures loose droppings, and birds eat it very willingly. I would not be without it when the birds are breeding.

  • 5
    Birds perk up

    Posted by Sel on 25th Feb 2020

    I have canaries, whenever they are a bit quiet for a while and showing some signs of anxiety or slight tail bobbing or puffiness I use potent brew for a few days. It really works! My female canary was the runt of the litter and a nest baby for longer than the others, she used to sit around puffed up even when out of the nest, this sorted her out within a week! My boy was showing some signs of weakness or respitory struggles and I gave him this for 2 weeks, one day on one off, he's so much perkier and happier now thanks to potent brew!

  • 5
    5 star product

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Apr 2019

    Easy to feed and helped my parrot who was suffering constipation. This and Calcivit really improved him

  • 4

    Posted by Spadger426 on 21st Aug 2018

    I have a poorly chicken and Potent Brew was recommended so that is what I am using for all my 6 hens. I hope it is working for the poorly one, only time will tell.