Healthy Water = Healthy Chickens
High quality water is essential for many life sustaining and metabolic processes within a bird, it accounts for much of the muscle composition and weight gained thus making it one of the most important factors to running a successful poultry operation.
With this information it is important to consider three key factors:
1. Water Volume
Over the years, genetic advancement for increased weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion have led to the current commercial broiler which attains heavier weights in less time with greater yields. It is estimated that birds consume approximately 1.7 pounds (771.11 grams) of water for every pound of feed. Therefore the amount of water a bird consumes is critical to how much feed they intake. See this data in the graph below
2. Water Quality
When water looks clear and tastes okay we believe it to be good – right? Well this isn’t necessarily true, actually water quality is impossible to judge adequately except with laboratory testing. Field experience has conclusively shown that un-observable differences in water quality, from farm to farm and even from one well to another within a complex, can result in significant differences in bird performance.
3. Water Delivery
It is important for your delivery lines and related water infrastructure to function at peak performance. Often when water is contaminated with bacteria such as iron and manganese, a bio-film forms and those supply lines can slowly degrade and become a problem when peak demands are required. Providing a purified water before distribution lines is critical to any large poultry operation.
Welcome to the Water4Poultry research center. We have compiled below links to academic and industry research showing the benefits of clean water for your poultry operation.
Drinking Water as a Risk Factor to Poultry Health
Amaral LA do, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva e Reprodução Animal – FCAV/Unesp
Website – scielo.br
Water Needs for Poultry – Are You Prepared?
Gregory P. Martin, Ph D., PAS, Capital Region, Lancaster County Extension Office
Website – personal.psu.edu
Water Related Factors in Broiler Production
Dr Tom Tabler, Jessica Wells, Dr Wei Zhai
Drinking Water Quality in Poultry
Dr. Susan Watkins, University of Arkansas
Website – Poultry Industry
Water Quality and Quantity Influence Flock Performance
Tom Tabler, Jessica Wells, Morgan Farnell, Yi Liang, Jonathan R Moyle, F. Dustan Clark
Website – The Poultry Site