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1. (WO2017132230) METHOD TO REDUCE MICROBIAL BLOOM IN POULTRY HATCHERY
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CLAIMS

1. A method for improving one or more performance parameter(s) of poultry comprising the step of administering one or more probiotic(s) in the poultry hatcher cabinet.

2. The method of claim 1 , wherein the administering is performed by spraying the one or more probiotic(s) into the poultry hatcher cabinet.

3. The method of claim 1 or 2, wherein the one or more probiotic(s) is a powder formulation such as a dry powder formulation.

4. The method of any of claims 1-3, wherein the one or more probiotic(s) comprises one or more Bacillus strains.

5. The method of any of claims 1-4, wherein the one or more probiotic(s) comprises one or more lactic acid bacteria strains.

6. The method of any of claims 1-5, wherein the one or more probiotic(s) comprises one or more Bacillus strains and one or more lactic acid bacteria strains.

7. The method of any of claims 1-6, wherein the one or more probiotic(s) comprises one or more lactic acid bacteria selected from the group consisting of

i) Pediococcus acidilactici FM18 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50964, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Pediococcus acidilactici FM18 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50964 or a mutant thereof,

ii) Pediococcus acidilactici TY036 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50959, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Pediococcus acidilactici TY036 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50959 or a mutant thereof, and

iii) Enterococcus faecium MFF109 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50960, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Enterococcus faecium MFF109 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50960 or a mutant thereof.

8. The method of any of claims 1-7, wherein the one or more probiotic(s) comprises one or more Bacillus selected from the group consisting of

i) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens AM0904 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number

B-50914, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens AM0904 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50914 or a mutant thereof,

ii) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NP122 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50910, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NP122 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50910 or a mutant thereof, and

iii) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens B2 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50908, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens B2 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50908 or a mutant thereof.

The method of any of claims 1-8, wherein the one or more probiotic(s) comprises a) one or more lactic acid bacteria selected from the group consisting of

i) Pediococcus acidilactici FM18 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B- 50964,

ii) Pediococcus acidilactici TY036 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50959, and

iii) Enterococcus faecium MFF109 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50960, and

b) one or more Bacillus selected from the group consisting of

iv) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens AM0904 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50914,

v) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NP122 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50910, and

vi) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens B2 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50908.

10. The method of any of claims 1-9, wherein the one or more probiotic(s) comprises a 16S rDNA sequence selected from the group consisting of:

(a) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 1 ;

(b) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 2;

(c) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 3;

(d) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 4;

(e) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least

98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 5; and

(f) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 6.

11. The method of any of claims 1-10, wherein the one or more performance parameter(s) is selected from the group consisting of body weight gain, growth rate, feed conversion rate and overall health.

12. A composition comprising one or more Bacillus strains and one or more lactic acid bacteria strains.

13. The composition of claim 12, wherein the one or more lactic acid bacteria is selected from the group consisting of

i) Pediococcus acidilactici FM18 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50964, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Pediococcus acidilactici FM18 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50964 or a mutant thereof,

ii) Pediococcus acidilactici TY036 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50959, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Pediococcus acidilactici TY036 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50959 or a mutant thereof, and

iii) Enterococcus faecium MFF109 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50960, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Enterococcus faecium MFF109 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50960 or a mutant thereof.

14. The composition of claim 12 or 13, wherein the one or more Bacillus is selected from the group consisting of

i) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens AM0904 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number

B"50914, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens AM0904 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50914 or a mutant thereof,

ii) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NP122 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50910, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NP122 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50910 or a mutant thereof, and

iii) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens B2 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50908, a strain having all of the identifying characteristics of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens B2 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50908 or a mutant thereof.

The composition of any of claims 12-14, wherein

(a) the one or more lactic acid bacteria is selected from the group consisting of i) Pediococcus acidilactici FM18 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B- 50964,

ii) Pediococcus acidilactici TY036 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50959, and

iii) Enterococcus faecium MFF109 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50960, and

(b) the one or more Bacillus is selected from the group consisting of

i) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens AM0904 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50914,

ii) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NP122 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50910, and

iii) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens B2 deposited as NRRL Deposit Number B-50908.

16. The composition of any of claims 12-15, wherein the one or more Bacillus strains and one or more lactic acid bacteria strains comprise a 16S rDNA sequence selected from the group consisting of:

(a) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 1 ;

(b) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 2;

(c) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 3;

(d) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 4;

(e) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 5; and

(f) 16s rDNA having at least 98%, e.g., at least 98.2%, at least 98.4%, at least 98.6%, at least 98.8%, at least 99.0%, at least 99.2%, at least 99.4%, at least 99.5%, at least 99.6%, at least 99.7%, at least 99.8%, at least 99.9% or 100% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 6.